Cancer Cases to Rise to 22 Million a Year

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Feb. 3, 2014 -- There will be 22 million new cases of cancer worldwide every year within the next two decades, according to an International Agency for Research on Cancer report released Monday.

The cancer arm of the World Health Organization said there were about 14 million new cases of cancer in 2012, but forecast that the annual number of new cases would rise sharply due to an aging global population and more cancers in developing nations, the Associated Press reported.

Currently, more than 60 percent of the world's cancer cases occur in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and the leading causes of cancer death in 2012 were cancers of the lung, liver and stomach, according to IARC.

The agency said nations need to find ways to promote healthier lifestyles, including reducing people's intake of alcohol and sugary drinks, the AP reported.

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