Who: the number of cancer cases is expected to increase significantly in the next few decades

Geneva, February 3, February 4 every year is World Cancer Day. The World Health Organization said recently that the number of new cancer cases is expected to increase significantly in the next few decades. By 2040, the number of new cancer cases in the world will increase by nearly 50% compared with that in 2020, with the largest increase in low – and middle-income countries. According to the data released by who in December 2020, 19.3 million people will be diagnosed with cancer and 10 million people will die of cancer in 2020, Andre Ilbawi, an official of who’s non communicable diseases department, told the media on the 2nd. At present, cancer has become the second leading cause of death in the world. Who predicts that the number of new cancer cases will increase significantly in the next few decades, and the number of new cancer cases will increase by 47% in 2040 compared with that in 2020, with the largest increase in low – and middle-income countries. Cancer has a huge impact on the economy. It is estimated that the total global economic burden caused by cancer in 2010 will be about $1.16 trillion, which will continue to rise.

Il Bhave said COVID-19 has far-reaching implications for cancer control, including delay in diagnosis, interruption or abandonment of treatment, reduction in research and clinical trials, etc. In low – and middle-income countries, advanced cancer diagnosis and the lack of high-quality and affordable diagnosis and treatment services have become a common phenomenon, especially during the epidemic period. According to a who 2020 survey, more than 40% of the countries covered by the survey have been interrupted by the epidemic. Patients with non communicable diseases, including cancer, face a higher risk of severe illness and death. < / P > < p > who reminds the public that about one-third of cancer deaths are caused by smoking, high body mass index, low intake of fruits and vegetables, lack of physical exercise and drinking, among which smoking is the most important cancer risk factor. Therefore, non-smoking, regular exercise, healthy diet and avoidance of harmful alcohol use are all effective methods for cancer prevention. In addition, due to early diagnosis and appropriate treatment, many cancers still have a greater chance of cure.