Earlier diagnosis of cancer would save lives.
The World Health Organization reports the lives of millions of the 8.8 million people who die every year from cancer could be saved if the disease was diagnosed early.
The agency has issued new cancer guidelines in advance of World Cancer Day on Saturday, which it said could improve the chances of survival for people living with cancer.
Cancer has reached epidemic proportions globally. It is the second-leading cause of death after cardiovascular disease, killing nearly one in six people around the world every year.
WHO reports more than 14 million people develop cancer annually, a figure that is expected to rise to over 21 million by 2030.
Once considered a disease of people in rich countries, data show that is no longer the case. WHO finds two-thirds of all cancer deaths now occur in low- and middle-income countries.
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