Cancer will overtake heart disease as the world’s leading cause of death by 2010 and will disproportionately affect low- and middle-income countries (World Cancer Report).
Global Burden of Cancer: double by 2020, triple by 2030.
Projections for 2008: 12 million new cancer diagnoses, 7 millions deaths worldwide
Projections for 2030: 26 million new cancer diagnoses, 17 million deaths worldwide
Global increases in cancer incidence of about 1% are expected each year, with larger increases in China, Russia, and India.
Factors contributing to increased rates in less-developed countries:
- Adoption of Western-style habits such as tobacco use and higher-fat diets
- Projected population increase of 38% by 2030.