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New cancer cases to soar 77% by 2050: WHO

According to the World Health Organization's cancer agency, there will be an increase in new cancer cases in 2050. This number is expected to reach 35 million, which is 77 percent higher than the reported figure in 2022.

Published February 01,2024

The number of new cancer cases in 2050 will rise to 35 million -- 77 per cent higher than the figure in 2022, the World Health Organization's cancer agency warned Thursday.

"The rapidly-growing global cancer burden reflects both population ageing and growth, as well as changes to people's exposure to risk factors," the International Agency for Research on Cancer said, citing tobacco, alcohol, obesity and air pollution as "key factors behind the increasing incidence".