The number of cancer cases recorded around the world is expected to rise to 22 million cases annually within the next two decades, according to a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) report released on 3rd February.

While the total number of worldwide cases for 2012 rose to an estimated 14 million new cases per year, this figure is expected to increase due to growing and ageing populations and affect developing countries.

"More than 60% of the world’s total cases occur in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America, and these regions account for about 70% of the world’s cancer deaths, a situation that is made worse by the lack of early detection and access to treatment", the report added.

In 2012 the most common cancers diagnosed were those of the lung (1.8 million cases, 13.0% of the total), breast (1.7 million, 11.9%), and large bowel (1.4 million, 9.7%). The most common causes of cancer death were cancers of the lung (1.6 million, 19.4% of the total), liver (0.8 million, 9.1%), and stomach (0.7 million, 8.8%).

In an earlier report by IndiaSpend, we had reported that some 0.7 million new cases of cancer are reported every year in India. For the latest number of incident cancer cases available on Lok Sabha, the figures for 2012 stand at 1.05 million cases. T