A specialized branch of the UN World Health Organization warns about expected increase in cancer cases by 77 percent by 2050. Approximately 20 million new cancer cases were reported in 2022, and projections suggest that the number of new cases will surpass 35 million by the year 2050.

The rise in cancer cases can be attributed to a combination of various factors such as population aging, overall population growth, and shifts in people’s exposure to risk factors. Key contributors to the increase include the impact of tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and obesity, along with exposure to air pollution.Top of Form

The most developed countries in the world are expected to record the highest increase in the number of cases as per WHO records. It states that an additional 4.8 million cases by 2050 are expected to rise as compared to 2022.

Countries in the medium range are expected to experience a substantial 99% increase in cancer cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Additionally, cancer mortality in these countries is projected to nearly double by the year 2050, as stated by the WHO.

Freddie Bray, the head of the cancer surveillance branch at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), emphasized that the impact of this surge will not be uniform across countries with varying Human Development Index (HDI) levels.

He noted that those with the fewest resources to address their cancer burdens will bear the greatest impact on the growing global cancer burden.