- While the world marked World Cancer Day on February 4, 2020, the World Health Organization released its report on Cancer.
- According to the report, the cancer cases will increase by 81% by 2040. This is mainly due to lack of investment. The report says that it is essential to invest 25 billion USD in the next decade to save millions of lives.
- The treatment for cancer in developed countries has brought down the mortality rate due to cancer by 20%. However, in poorer countries the reduction was merely 5%. The report also says that 25% of cancer deaths were due to tobacco consumption.
Tobacco in India
- According to WHO, there are 120 million smokers in India. This is 12% of world smoker. The number of tobacco smokers in India grew by 36% between 1998 and 2015.