WHO Releases Report Warning that World Could See Increase in Cancer Cases over the Next Twenty Years

On World Cancer Day (February 4th), the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report warning that the world could see a 60% increase in cancer over the next 20 years. According to the report, the biggest increase (81%) may occur in low-and middle-income countries. This is due to the lack of health resources, which focuses more on infectious diseases and maternal and child health. Ninety percent of high-income countries offer comprehensive cancer treatment compared to less than 15% of low-income countries.

In response to this report, there is a call for more funding to support research, policies and programs to improve cancer control. This includes tobacco control strategies, preventing hepatitis B which causes liver cancer, more vaccinations for HPV which causes cervical cancer, screening and treatment and cancer management interventions.

In higher-income countries, there has been a lot of advancements in cancer research, treatment and prevention leading to a reduction in cancer related deaths. This has allowed for an estimated 20% reduction in mortality in higher-income countries compared to only around 5% in lower-income countries. The goal now is to improve these rates in lower-to-middle income countries.

Read the full report at the World Health Organization.