News in brief: July 2010
Cancer deaths could double by 2030, according to a new study from the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
The report uses a new calculation tool to forecast that in 20 years time, new cases of cancer worldwide will reach 21.3 million a year, with 13.3 million people dying annually from the disease.
In 2008, 56% of the 12.7 million new cancer cases and 63% of 7.6 million deaths from cancer were in developing countries, according to Freddie Bray, the scientist running the study.
North America, western Europe, and Australia had the highest mortality rates in terms of proportion, the data showed. Bray said this finding was down to rich nations’ consumption patterns after the second world war.
Sudanese doctors calling for strike action over low salaries and bad working conditions have been arrested by security forces in the country, according