Unhealthy western lifestyle could lead to a huge surge in the number of cancer cases across the world with a new study claiming that the number could increase by as much as 75 percent in the next two decades.
The study was conducted by researchers at International Agency for Research on Cancer who used data from the UN human development index to "analyze patterns of incidence and mortality rates from different types of cancer between countries."
The researchers predict that the number of cancer cases across the world could rise from 12.7 million new cases in 2008 to 22.2 million new cases in 2030. Developing and poor countries would face the brunt of this surge as more and more people adopting "unhealthy western lifestyle".
"Cancer is already the leading cause of death in many high-income countries and is set to become a major cause of morbidity (sickness) and mortality in the next decades in every region of the world", IARC's Freddie Bray said.