Global cancer cases estimated to rise 75% by 2030

Cancer rates are on the rise worldwide and predicted in a recent study to increase by 75% to an estimated 22.2 million new cancer cases in 2030, compared with 12.7 million in 2008. In countries such as India, new cancer cases are predicted to rise slightly higher to 78%, while in other less developed nations, this increase could be close to 90%. These increases are attributed in large part to less developed countries moving toward a more "westernized" lifestyle.

As countries increase their living standards, the authors of the study predict a decrease in cancers linked to infections, but a corresponding increase in cancers associated with a westernized lifestyle and attributable to smoking, obesity, and diet.

In India, there were an estimated 556,000 cancer deaths in 2010, due largely to...

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