Global rates of cancer are set to soar by 60% in the next two decades if rates of smoking, hepatitis and HPV don’t decline, WHO warns

Driven by persistently high rates of HPV, hepatitis and smoking – especially in low-income countries – the world could see 60 percent more cancer cases in the next 20 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned in a new report.

Over 80 percent of these are expected to be diagnosed in low-income countries, according to the report released on Monday.

In the US, progress against cancer has been astounding as falling rates of smoking and better treatments for even though hardest-to-beat forms of the disease improve survival odds.