“A Global Cancer Explosion”
Worldwide, cancer has long been considered a health threat in high-income countries but it is now recognized as being an important cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. Even though the number of annual cancer deaths remain at about half a million in the US, cancer deaths are increasing globally. In 2008, 7.6 million or 21% of non-communicable disease (NCD) deaths were caused by cancer, and this number is projected to increase by 4 million over the next 20 years. By 2030, two thirds of all cancer diagnoses will occur in low- and middle-income countries. Shockingly, according to the World Cancer Research Fund, the number of new cancer cases has increased by 20% in under a decade and now stands at 12 million a year. Back in 1998, investigators were launching an educational campaign and anticipating an expected explosion in cancer cases around the world.