In the next 20 years, deaths from cancer are expected to rise to about 13 million per year, from the present 8.2 million and those who have been diagnosed with cancer are expected to rise from 14 to about 22 million annually, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The report by WHO states that the world’s countries will not be able to afford the rising costs to treat cancer patients in the future and something else must be done in order to fight this disease.
The World Cancer Report from WHO continues that the estimated $1.16 trillion that is being spent on cancer treatment for patients by the world’s governments, is already about as much as they can possibly bear without going into financial decline.
According to Christopher Wild, director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, in order to fight the ever increasing number of patients who are being diagnosed with Cancer, treatment is not enough.
Wild went on to say that the global crisis on cancer can only be fought effectively by focusing more on prevention and early detection of cancer. He added that there is a need for the global community to get together and act fast to find preventative programs that will go hand in hand with the newest treatment techniques.
According to the WHO report, almost 50% of cancer cases can be reduced from developing further if they are detected early enough and patients can help the risk of developing cancer by eating properly and doing more exercise.
More government involvement is what is needed to fight cancer, according to the report. The report also says that the anti-smoking campaigns have cut the number of smokers in the U.S. by half, but still, almost 1.6 million people die every year from smoking related diseases.
Amanda McLean, general manager of the World Cancer Research Fund said that “About a third of the most common cancers could be prevented through being a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet and being regularly physically active.” She continued “These results show that many people still seem to mistakenly accept their chances of getting cancer as a throw of the dice.”
The alarming report also suggests that people are beginning to live longer as the world’s population becomes more advanced and the rise in deaths from cancer could just be because there are more people alive to catch the k!ller disease.