On January 17, 2014 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published its World Cancer Report 2014. As reported in an article by the news provider Cable News Network (CNN) on February 5, 2014, IARC expects cancer incidence to rise by 57% globally in the next 20 years. This will mean an increase from 14 million cancer incidences in 2012 to 22 million incidences in twenty years, resulting in a simultaneous increase of cancer mortality to 13 million. This growth is expected to disproportionately affect the developing world. Currently 60% of cancer cases occur in Africa, Asia and Central and South America. The report concludes that half of all cancers are preventable, meaning that they are caused by environmental and lifestyle factors. Several food contact materials (FCMs) have been associated with cancer, including breast, prostate, kidney, testicular and liver cancer. The World Cancer Report 2014 is available electronically and in print.

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IARC (2014). “World Cancer Report 2014.” Edited by Stewart, B.W. and Wild, C.P.

Tim Hume and Jen Christensen (February 5, 2014). “WHO: Imminent global cancer ‘disaster’ reflects aging, lifestyle factors.CNN.