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"Tidal wave" of cancer forecast by World Health Organization

Scientists at the World Health Organization are urging people to prepare for a "tidal wave" of cancer around the globe and take steps to reduce alcohol and sugar, the BBC reports. 

The number of cancer cases will reach 24 million a year by 2035, WHO forecasts. But half of those cases could be prevented by conquering smoking, obesity and drinking.

Along with the sheer number of new cancer cases due to aging populations and population growth, the cost of treating cancer is threating personal finances and national economies.

Known cancer-contributing agents include smoking, infections, alcohol, lack of exercise and obesity, medical and solar radiation, environmental pollutants, and having fewer children.  Lifestyle changes, especially diet, can make a bigger difference than people realize, WHO reports. Read the story.

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