Worldwide cases of cancer are likely to rise by nearly 75 percent by 2030, according to a study published on Friday in the journal The Lancet Oncology.
A team, led by Freddie Bray of the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, said that in 2008 there were 12.7 million new cases of cancer, which would rise to 22.2 million by 2030.
In many countries, increases in cancers of the colon, rectum, breast and prostate are associated with a “westernized” diet, says the study.
The study used data from GLOBOCAN, a database of cancer cases in 184 countries.
The study said that the future was not hopeless: “Targeted interventions can lead to a decrease in the projected increase… through effective primary prevention strategies, alongside the implementation of vaccination, early detection and effective treatment programs.”