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Cancer cases set to rise by half by 2030: United Nations

Published on Feb 3, 2014 7:20 PM

PARIS (AFP) - New cases of cancer will rise by half by 2030, reaching 21.6 million per year compared with 14 million in 2012, the United Nations said on Monday in a global analysis of the scourge.

Cancer deaths, meanwhile, will likely rise from 8.2 million to 13 million per year as the world's population grows and ages and more people adopt risky lifestyle habits, said the report compiled by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

It took aim at Big Tobacco, saying its sales drive was "inextricably linked" to a likely surge in lung cancer.

Released on the eve of World Cancer Day, the report was compiled by more than 250 scientists from over 40 countries. It is the first such overview in six years.

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