The World Health Organization (WHO) recently warned that without urgent action, global cancer deaths would increase from 7.6 million this year to 17 million by 2030.
Each year, over 12 million people are diagnosed with cancer. WHO warned that the worldwide cancer burden is projected to grow significantly, with the most rapid increases occurring in low- and medium-income countries.
Cancer accounts for one eighth of deaths worldwide; more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. According to the WHO, more than 30 percent of all cancers can be prevented through simple measures such as eliminating tobacco use, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise, limiting alcohol consumption, and protecting against cancer-causing infections. Some cancers can be detected early, treated and cured.