World cancer rates set to double by 2020

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 05 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:728
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    Worldwide cancer rates are set to double by 2020, a report published this week by the World Health Organization says.

    Currently 10 million new cancers are diagnosed each year worldwide, but unless there is an effective prevention campaign, the number will rise to 20 million in 17 years' time, says the report. If preventive measures were adopted, that figure could be reduced by a quarter, it states.

    “Cancer is emerging as a major problem globally, both …

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