Cancer soars in global South

1757F8BC63EAF045D1C1BAB7F69DED28Cancer rates are rising quickly in parts of the developing world as Southern nations battle to keep infections under control, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The  study looked at global cancer incidence and mortality rates up until 2012. Deaths from breast cancer, for example doubled in Zimbabwe and Uganda between 1992 and 2007.

A team led by Lindsey Torre, an epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, United States, found that low- to middle income countries had the highest rates of infection-related cancers in the world.These include stomach cancer, associated with infection by Helicobacter pylori bacteria; liver cancer, linked with hepatitis B or C virus infection; and cervical cancer, which is associated with human papilloma virus (HPV) infection.

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