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The spike in global cancer rates will be lead by developing countries who are acquiring bad habits typically found in rich countries such as smoking, eating badly and not exercising.
A new report says that global cancer rates will spike 75 percent by 2030.
That means a rise to 22.2 million or 0.3 percent of the world's population that will have cancer.
The spike in global cancer rates will be lead by developing countries who are acquiring bad habits typically found in rich countries such as smoking, eating badly and not exercising, reported Businessweek.
The situation is worsened by aging populations around the world and even in developing countries.
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The Associated Press reported that longer lifespans in developing countries due to a reduction of deaths from infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS may also help increase cancer rates - a disease more typical of old age.
"Cancer is already the leading cause of death in many high income countries and is set to become a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the next decades in every region of the world," Freddie Bray from IARC's cancer information section told Reuters.
Developed countries will still see increases in cancers caused by bad lifestyle choices, including lung, breast and colon cancer but those cancers will soon increase in poorer countries.
China and India are expected to see a rise in cancer rates by about 80 percent, reported Reuters.
The report appeared in the British journal the Lancet.