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Although incidence rates and the burden of some types of cancer (such as cervical cancer and stomach cancer) appear to be mainly declining in countries transitioning socially and economically towards higher levels of human development, the reduction is likely to be offset by a substantial increase in the types of cancer more associated with a so-called “Westernised” lifestyle, including breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer.
While increasing living standards in the coming decades in lower-HDI countries may lead to a decrease in the burden of some infection-related cancers, the authors warn that, irrespective of future developments, there may be a surge in the types of cancer which currently affect mainly higher-HDI countries
Originally posted by kidtwist
It was only a week ago they were saying the amount of people getting cancer was reducing. I'd take what you read in the MSN with a pinch of salt dude.
Originally posted by satron
Isn't cancer something people will die from when other ways to die are staved off?
You got to die from something.
Our findings suggest that rapid societal and economic transition in many countries means that any reductions in infection-related cancers are offset by an increasing number of new cases that are more associated with reproductive, dietary, and hormonal factors.
The global cancer burden is set to surge more than 75% by 2030, according to new research published Online First in the Lancet Oncology. The rise is predicted to be even larger in the developing world, with the poorest countries experiencing a projected increase of more than 90%.
The bottom line is that cancer will continue to manifest itself at an increasing rate - why anyone thinks that Ghana all of a sudden will be eating mcdonalds and playing with their I-phones (as if that is the answer here) is anyone's guess.
What it means as far as the study goes is that western cultures display higher rates for certain types of cancer then less developed countries. That as those populations become more developed, those types of cancer are found to increase. Food, probably. Water, not so much. Cell phones, not for the types of cancer they are talking about. But it's not likely to be attributable to any single cause.
Perhaps it is the phrase "westernised" that has me thinking. What does that mean and why is our lifestyle so conducive to developing these cancers? Is it the food? The water? Cell phones?
Yes, that's the point. The dramatic increase in the developing world is what drives the global 75% increase. If a dramatic increase were predicted for developed countries that 90% increase would result in greater increase in global incidence, not a number significantly less than that 90%. The global increase is due to the increase in developing populations.
And note, the number in the developing world is 90% - as the article states, it is predicted to be even larger in the developing world.
Today my entire circle of acquaintences and friends are littered with cancer
I have a hard time believing the scientific census' conducted by they that are well funded and owned if you get my drift.
n 2008, there were 1,437,199 new cancer cases in the US. It is estimated that 2,220,692 new cases of cancer will occur in the US in the year 2030 – a 55 percent increase. (Mexico will experience a 52 percent increase by 2030, Canada will experience a 66 percent increase.)