Australian obesity problem highlighted at World Cancer Congress

SOARING rates of obesity in Australia and other developed countries will be a major contributor to the expected 50 per cent increase in cancer cases to 21.7 million by 2030, the World Cancer Congress will be told today, December 5.

At the launch of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Atlas, Second Edition, including a new interactive online companion, Cancer Council Australia CEO, Professor Ian Olver, will say the Atlas demonstrated how Australia was a world leader in cancer prevention areas like tobacco control, but was struggling to tackle the growing obesity epidemic.

Worldwide, the number of overweight and obese individuals increased from 857 million in the 1980s to 2.1 billion in 2013.

“Unchecked, obesity will ultimately surpass tobacco as the major cancer killer in Australia,” Professor Olver said.

“There are suggestions that today’s children may be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents, so it’s imperative the Australian Government and governments of other developed nations come together in a sustained and coordinated effort to reign in overweight and obesity.”

Released in partnership with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), The Cancer Atlas, Second Edition, appears for the first time in both book and interactive website formats.

The publication brings together worldwide cancer data and is designed to make it easier for country leaders to understand what they need to do to reduce the global cancer burden.

“We know more about burden of cancer — and how to reduce it — than we do about any other noncommunicable disease,” said John R. Seffrin, Ph. D., CEO, American Cancer Society. “Information is a powerful tool in the hands of passionate, dedicated individuals. However, making sense of the mountains of available data can be a challenge.”

Other findings from The Cancer Atlas include:
● Smoking causes more than 16 different types of cancer and accounts for 20 percent of all global cancer deaths.
● Indoor air pollution caused by solid fuel use is estimated to cause about 2.5 million deaths each year in developing countries, or about 4.5 percent of global deaths each year.
● 129 countries have not yet introduced the HPV vaccine, which may prevent infections and certain types of cancers, nearly triple the number of countries (45) that have introduced the vaccine.
● There were more than 32 million cancer survivors globally in 2012.
● By 2025, 19 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in men and women based solely on projected demographic changes.

Source: Cancer Council Australia & American Cancer Society

Ryan Fritz

Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities and currently works at Redkite, a childhood cancer charity.

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