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Cancer to kill 10m in 2018, experts warn

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Health Desk--13 Sep’18: Experts Wednesday said in spite of better prevention and earlier diagnosis, cancer will kill nearly 10 million people this year.

An estimated 18.1 million new cancer cases were predicted worldwide for 2018 — with 9.6 million deaths, said a report of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

This is up from estimated 14.1 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million deaths reported in the agency’s last assessment just six years ago.

The toll is rising as populations expand and grow older, and people in developing nations adopt unhealthy, high-risk lifestyles traditionally associated with richer economies.

An increased focus on prevention — encouraging people to get exercise, quit smoking, and eating a healthy diet — led to a drop in certain types of cancer in some population groups, the IARC said.

One in five men and one in six women will develop cancer during their lifetime, the study said, and the World Health Organisation expects the disease to be the leading cause of death in the 21st century.