(CNN) — Cancer cases are expected to surge 57% worldwide in the next 20 years, an imminent “human disaster” that will require a renewed focus on prevention to combat, according to the World Health Organization.
The World Cancer Report, produced by the WHO’s specialized cancer agency, predicts new cancer cases will rise from an estimated 14 million in 2012 to 22 million annually within two decades. Over the same period, cancer deaths are tipped to rise from 8.2 million a year to 13 million annually.
The rising incidence of cancer, brought about by growing, aging populations worldwide, will require a heavier focus on preventive public health policies, said Christopher Wild, director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
The report notes that the rocketing cost of responding to the “cancer burden” — in 2010, the economic cost of the disease worldwide was estimated at $1.16 trillion — is hurting the economies of rich countries and beyond the means of poor ones.
The report said about half of all cancers were preventable, and could be avoided if current medical knowledge was acted upon. The disease could be tackled by addressing lifestyle factors, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, diet and exercise; adopting screening programs; or, in the case of infection-triggered cancers such as cervical and liver cancers, through vaccines.
It bears noting that the additives and preservatives that seem to be entering our food sources are also factors that need to be accessed for dangers. Cancer is a type of allergic reaction in some cases. The body responds to anything that does not agree with the metabolic composition of organisms. The FDA and other organizations designed to keep the American population safe are often under staffed and unaware of all of the new chemicals that find their way into our consumable products. Why is it necessary to put Red dye #13 in everything? What purpose does it actually serve other than to give the product more asthetic appeal?
The chemical engineering of formerly wholly organic products is a perfect example of the former.
Cutting smoking rates would have a significant impact, as lung cancer remained the most commonly diagnosed cancer (1.8 million cases a year, or 13% of total cancer diagnoses) and the deadliest, accounting for about a fifth (1.6 million) of all cancer deaths worldwide.
The report’s authors suggested governments take similar legislative approaches to those they had taken against tobacco in attempting to reduce consumption of alcohol and sugary drinks, and in limiting exposure to occupational and environmental carcinogens, including air pollution.
It would be very interesting to know whether or not the carcinogens, toxins and radiation eminating from regularly used electronic devices (including cellphones) will also be among the items that contribute to the spike. There is very little data circulating presently, regarding the effects that these technological advances are having on our bodies. For the sake of profit, are big businesses supressing the information or does it simply not exist?