June 2, 2012- The amount of people who will develop cancer will surge by over 75% around the globe by 2030. There will be particularly sharp increases in developing countries, as they take on unhealthy lifestyles popularized in the “West” said a study Friday.
The developing countries are where a rise in living standards will be seen in the coming years. However, those advances in living conditions could come at great costs, including increases in the number of cases of cancers that are linked to a lack of exercise, poor diet and other habits that are unhealthy and associated with affluence and are linked to diseases such as colorectal, prostate and breast cancers.
Researchers said cancer is the leading cause of death in a number of countries that have high-income and over the next decades will become the major reason for sickness and mortality in all regions of the world.
The study is the first to review how rate of cancer currently and in the future might differ between the poorer and richer countries, as measured by rankings that are in the Human Development Index prepared by the United Nations.
Researchers said they found that poorly developed nations, mostly in the area of sub-Sahara Africa, had cancers that were tied to infections such as cervical cancer, but also stomach and liver cancer.
In contrast, the wealthier countries such as Australia, Russia, Brazil and Britain had more cases of cancer associated with smoking, diet and obesity.