The rise of cancer creates an enormous burden on health systems around the world; it undermines economic growth and acts as a chronic poverty trap for the poorest countries.
While at one time cancer was widely believed to afflict only the elderly in affluent countries, the disease has moved beyond high-income countries and into the developing world. More new cases of cancer and more deaths from the disease occur today in the lower- and middle-income countries that make up the developing world than in high-income countries. Today, more than 50 percent of new cancer cases and nearly two-thirds of cancer deaths occur in the developing world. By comparison, in 1970, the developing world accounted for 15 percent of newly reported cancers.
Other key findings of the study include:
- There will be an estimated 12.9 million new cancer cases globally in 2009
- By 2020, the number of new cancer cases worldwide is anticipated to rise to 16.8 million
- By 2030, the number of new cancer cases is expected to rise to 27 million, with 17 million cancer deaths
- Cancers have already progressed to where they are incurable in 80 percent of patients in developing countries
- Evidence shows that only 5 percent of global resources for cancer are spent in the developing world. Low and lower-middle income countries will make up 46 percent of new cancer cases this year.
Now, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out, what phenonimum has occurred in the globe since 1970? Globalisation and the destruction of indigenous crops in order to provide feed for factory farming and the diet of the 1st world nations. This is coupled with de-forestation which has been a factor in climate change.
The earth will look after itself, the waters will rise and populations will be decimated. Meanwhile the destructive nature of the human race is seeing it face the a cull that is a result of the imbalance in our life. You can have all the material wealth in the world, but if your diet and lifestyle are not addressed don't think you will get away with it.
The responsibility is yours and will not come from Government. There are an abundance of lifestyle alternatives for you to look at so ignorance is not an excuse. What are you waiting for?
Prior to my mum's death i lived a lifestyle that I have no doubt has direct influence to my current condition. I changed but the poisenous seeds had been sewn. However it may be a result of the change that will see me through to a successful conclusion.
I see kids who used to walk to school being driven less than a mile by their parents. Obese parents, obese kids
i still do my stairs at work and i pass the smokers while i make my way to the top. They know the risk, they know the fear, so WHY continue to blank it out? Cheap scent mixed with cheap tobacco smell and the stress of the lungs polluted by addiction. I recall once in a private lesson with Rick Young working with the stick, and a woman holding a baby with a fag hanging from her mouth, commented for us to be careful of not hitting her. It wasn't us who was the threat!
I need to sleep, I have done a lot today. Each day is precious.