Cancer cases in the World Increase

The number of cancer cases increased by 20 percent less than ten years and now number 12 million annually, according to fund cancer research agency World Cancer Research Fund. Agencies in the UK was warned of a quarter of these cases can be "prevented".

That figure comes ahead of UN meeting on a variety of diseases including cancer. Numbers of new cancer cases is more than four times compared to cases of HIV. However, the WCRF says there is an opportunity to address this problem.

Professor Martin Wiseman, medical and scientific adviser for WCRF, told the BBC: "The fact is the case around the world increases because, among other world population aging but also because of lifestyle changes."

"The trend is people moving to urban areas, and consequently more susceptible to diseases of the West. Not only cancer but also heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and lung disease," adds Wiseman. He said many people are still unaware of risk factors like alcohol and obesity.

This month, the UN will hold a summit meeting of non-communicable diseases including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Professor Wiseman said the summit was "an opportunity to examine public health issues at the international level."