Cancer Leading Cause of Death Worldwide by 2010

by: cancercompass

Though cancer mortalities are declining, the disease is still expected to become the leading cause of death worldwide by 2010.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced The World Cancer Report at a national event called Conquering Cancer: A Global Effort.  According to that report, from 1975 to 2000 the burden of cancer doubled. By 2020 it's expected to double again and by 2030 it should triple.

China, Russia and India are seeing the largest global increases, which the report attributes to the adoption of many Western habits, such as diets higher in fat.

During the event, The American Cancer Society, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure discussed six action steps for decreasing the worldwide cancer burden.  One of the six steps the American Cancer Society helped identify is an increased need for federal funding of cancer research and early detection measures in the U.S.