Cancer on the Rise in Developing Countries

The American Cancer Society has issued a report warning that changing lifestyles in developing countries are driving up the global incidence of cancer. The majority of the world's new cancer cases and deaths are now occurring in economically developing countries.

According to ACS, this reflects the growing adoption of unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, sedentary lifestyles and poor diets.

Business Week reports:

"... [A]bout one-third of all cancer deaths that occurred worldwide in 2008 (equal to roughly 7,300 deaths per day) might have been avoided by focusing on preventable risk factors such as smoking, drinking, infection patterns and dietary habits".

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