As reported by the Associated Press, cancer will pass heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide by 2010. Wired PR News.com –Recent reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) have indicated that the number of cancer diagnoses globally may reach 12 million by this year’s end. The number of related deaths may reach seven million.
Factors which are stated to have a possible impact on the increase include more widespread use of tobacco in developing countries and more advanced methods of diagnosis.
The WHO also projects a possible 75 million people to be living with cancer by 2030, which will be a strain on health care systems around the world. Several organizations are attempting to increase awareness of the threat so that it may be more internationally recognized as an increasing health problem, and influence government action. A few of the things these organizations want accomplished include increased funding for cervical cancer vaccinations and modifications of an international treaty for tobacco control.
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