Cancer overtakes heart disease as biggest rich-world killer

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  • Tuesday, 03 Sep 2019

FILE PHOTO: A research associate takes out a clinical sample (cancer cell) from -150 degree C Ultra-low Temperature Freezer at the Bioresource Research Center of Tokyo Medical and Dental University in Tokyo, Japan July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in wealthy countries and could become the world's biggest killer within just a few decades if current trends persist, researchers said on Tuesday.

Publishing the findings of two large studies in The Lancet medical journal, the scientists said they showed evidence of a new global "epidemiologic transition" between different types of chronic disease.

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