Expect More Bowel Cancers When The Economy Grows – Report


If you must choose, is it better to have a good economy and an increasing rate of bowel cancers or a poor economy and the uncommonness of the ailment?

Okay, let that be a debate for another day. All you’ll have to know now is that a recent study has shown that economic development comes with the prevalence of bowel cancers.

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I know what you’re thinking – “Our bad economy is not that bad after-all” – right? Well, the next time you’ve that desire to blame Zuma or whoever for poor economic policies, remember that they are as well, battling bowel cancers with their epileptic economic decisions.

The study which looked into the global patterns and trends in colorectal cancer incidence and mortality, warned that the global burden of colorectal cancer is expected to increase by 60% to more than 2.2 million new cases and 1.1 million deaths come 2030.

Results from the study stated that colorectal cancer “incidence and mortality rates vary up to 10-fold worldwide, with distinct gradients across human development levels, pointing towards widening disparities and an increasing burden in countries in transition.”

On a general note, the study revealed that  colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rate are rapidly increasing in many low-income and middle-income countries, and that “stabilizing or decreasing trends tend to be seen in highly developed countries where rates remain among the highest in the world.”

With that, the study concluded that there’s an orderly connection between the patterns and trends of the ailment and the present human development levels.

As related, the incremental changes in the ailment, “might reflect the adoption of more western lifestyles.”

Reporting this, CNN cited another study from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which analyzed the rates of colorectal cancer across all levels of the Human Development Index (HDI) in 184 countries and found that the higher the HDI, the higher the rates of bowel cancer.

It was highlighted that “countries with a very high HDI had levels, on average, six-time higher than countries with a low HDI,” and that “Men are at greater risk of the disease,” albeit the reasons for that are yet to be fully understood.

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