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Cancer 'tidal wave' on horizon, warns WHO

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Posted in Medicine on 5th Feb, 2014 03:03 AM by AlexMuller

The globe is facing a "tidal wave" of cancer, and restrictions on alcohol and sugar need to be considered, say World Health Organization scientists. It predicts the number of cancer cases will reach 24 million a year by 2035, but half could be prevented. The WHO said there was now a "real need" to focus on cancer prevention by tackling smoking, obesity and drinking.

 
The World Cancer Research Fund said there was an "alarming" level of naivety about diet's role in cancer. Fourteen million people a year are diagnosed with cancer, but that is predicted to increase to 19 million by 2025, 22 million by 2030 and 24 million by 2035.
 
The developing world will bear the brunt of the extra cases. Chris Wild, the director of the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer, told the BBC: "The global cancer burden is increasing and quite markedly, due predominately to the ageing of the populations and population growth.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-05
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Back in 2008 WHO issued a similar warning and not enough has been done to make people take notice that 30% is cancers are due to the lifestyle - trend continues and is particularly bad in developing countries
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-05
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Yes, cancer is usually associated with the developed countries where people live longer - as cancer incidents increase with age - this is not the case. The developing world has the most cases and highest rate of increase now
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-05
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Tobacco use remains the most important risk factor for cancer causing about 20% of global cancer deaths and about 70% of global lung cancer deaths. Developing countries need to act on this Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-05
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It is also important to note that a lot of prevention is beyond responsibility of individuals. For example, lung cancer due to pollution is a particular treat and has to be tackled by governments globally
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-05
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There is also quite a lot that individuals can do - taking care about the diet is one important thing Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-05
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And in a recent survey in the UK about 1/2 of people did not know that diet increases the risk of developing cancer!
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-05
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Yes, the risks are well known: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, alcohol use. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-05
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The statistics from The World Health Organization should be made known to public much more readily, this could help to change peoples behavior Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-05
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There was a debate recently about the UK government introducing tax on sugar - the outcome looked inconclusive to me
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-05
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There is a tax on alcohol-another cancer cause- and this is not enough. The extent to which we modify the availability of alcohol, the labelling of alcohol, the promotion of alcohol and the price of alcohol - those things should be on the agenda Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-05
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Clearly, a similar argument as for tobacco and alcohol should be valid for sugar that leads to obesity, which in turn affects cancer risk. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-05
+0
I agree with this statement that I just found:
"People still seem to mistakenly accept their chances of getting cancer as a throw of the dice, but by making lifestyle changes today, we can help prevent cancer tomorrow"

Very IMPORTANT! Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-05
+0
There was a debate recently about the UK government introducing tax on sugar - the outcome looked inconclusive to me Reply


 

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