Middle-income and poor countries account for more than 60% of the globe's cancer cases and 70% of deaths
The World Cancer Report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) early this year was shocking. Not only the worldwide burden of cancer has increased many times, middle-income and poor countries account for more than 60% of the globe’s cancer cases and 70% of deaths. This confirms what we know from India’s cancer registry released by Indian Council of Medical Research last year. Cancer is exploding. Way back in 2006, India’s National Cancer Control Programme’s forecast was that by 2026, more than 1.4 million people will be in the grip of some form of cancer. It also said that exposure to environmental carcinogens is the most important reason for cancer.