Cancer Cases on the Rise in Developing Countries – Study

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A new study sponsored by the American Cancer Society has revealed that the incidence of cancer in developed countries have drastically reduced however this is the opposite in the developing countries where cancer has been on the rise.

The new incidence of cancer is on the highest in Asia which also has the world’s highest prevalence of hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses.

Lead author of the study, Lindsey A. Torre, an epidemiologist said “In contrast, rates for cancers such as lung, breast and colorectum are now rising in many LMICs (low- and middle-income countries) due to increases in risk factors typical of western countries, such as smoking, excess body weight, physical inactivity and changing reproductive patterns.”

The authors noted developments across eight major kinds of cancer, which account for 60% of global cases and deaths.

Worldwide, there is an estimated 14.1 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million cancer deaths occurred in 2012.

Breast cancer was also deemed the leading cause of cancer deaths among women.

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