By the year 2030, cancer deaths among women is expected to increase, with a toll mainly from breast cancer, of around 5.5 million, a report by the American Cancer Society and Lancet Studies warns.
The report by the American Cancer Society, ACS, released on Tuesday at the World Cancer Congress in Paris, represented a near 60 per cent increase in less than two decades.
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As the global population grows and ages, the highest toll will be among women in poor and middle-income countries it said, with much of it from cancers which are largely preventable.
The highest ratio of cancer cases per population group are still reported in high-income countries in Europe, the Americas and Asia, but this was partly due to better access to screening and detection.
Deaths, however, were proportionally much higher in low and middle-income countries with reduced access to diagnosis and treatment with countries like Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya, Mongolia and Papua New Guinea listed as the countries with the highest death rates.
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