Rising Cancer Deaths in Developing Countries Is Linked to Lifestyle Change

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Lifestyles change linked to economic growth in developing countries are driving up the global incidence of several cancers, report the American Cancer Society.

The issued report, “Global Cancer Facts & Figures,” stated that lung, breast and colorectal cancers are particularly vulnerable to the rise.

In fact, most of the new cancer cases and deaths in the world (7.1 million and 4.8 million, respectively) are occurring in developing countries and this shows the growing adoption of unhealthy behaviors – such as smoking, sedentary lifestyles and poor diets – that typically come with economic development, as the report said.

In it, Dr. Otis W. Brawley, the chief medical officer of American Cancer Society, suggest that about one-third of all these cancer deaths worldwide can be avoided if people focus on preventable risk factors such as drinking, smoking, dietary habits and infection patterns.

He also said, “The worldwide application of existing cancer control knowledge according to the capacity and economic development of countries or regions could lead to the prevention of even more cancer deaths in the next two to three decades.”

“In order to achieve this, however, national and international public health agencies, governments, donors, and the private sectors must play major roles in the development and implementation of national or regional cancer control programs worldwide.”

The biggest risk of cancer for men are lung, stomach and liver cancers, while breast, cervical and lung cancers are the primary cancer threats for women in developing countries.

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