Cancer cases worldwide are predicted to increase by 70% over the
next two decades, from 14m in 2012 to 25m new cases a year, according to
the World Health Organisation.
The latest World Cancer Report says it is implausible to
think we can treat our way out of the disease and that the focus must
now be on preventing new cases. Even the richest countries will struggle
to cope with the spiralling costs of treatment and care for patients,
and the lower income countries, where numbers are expected to be
highest, are ill-equipped for the burden to come.