According to an assessment by Cancer Research, UK, over the next two decades, incidence of cancer is projected to be six times more among women as compared to women mainly because of obesity. The greater possibility of the disease among women is because several of the obesity related cancers only affect women. Another significant reason for faster rate of cancer among women is considered as smoking.
WHO attributes five leading risks
The cancers predicted to rise the most include ovarian, cervical and oral cancers, the analysis said. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has attributed five leading behavioural and dietary risks for around one third of deaths from cancer, which include: lack of physical activity, low fruit and vegetable intake, high body mass index, and tobacco and alcohol use.
One in six deaths globally is due to cancer
According to fresh data which the UN agency WHO released on February 4, shows that almost one in six deaths globally is due to cancer. Annually, around 8.8 million deaths are reported from cancer. WHO says that many low- and middle-income countries lack early screening and basic treatment facilities for all and account for two-thirds of cancer deaths.
India is likely to have over 17.3 lakh new cancer cases
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) projections show that India is likely to have over 17.3 lakh new cases of cancer and over 8.8 lakh related deaths by 2020. In India, over 10 lakh new cases are diagnosed every year and due to late diagnosis over 7 lakh people die every year.