More than 35 million new cases of cancer are expected worldwide by 2050

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an intergovernmental body that belongs to the World Health Organization, foresees more than 35 million new cases of cancer worldwide by 2050.

Geneva.- This is a 77 percent increase from the estimated 20 million cases in 2022, according to a statement published by the IARC on its website.

The rapid growth in the global cancer burden reflects both aging and population growth and changes in people’s exposure to risk factors, several of which are associated with socioeconomic development.

Experts point to tobacco, alcohol, and obesity as the main factors in the increased incidence of this disease, while air pollution is one of the main environmental risk factors.

Countries with a high human development index (HDI) are expected to experience the largest absolute increase in incidence, with a projected 4.8 million new cases in 2050 compared to 2022 estimates. (PL)