WHO/S. Bones

Prevention and timely diagnosis needed to combat under-40s cancer

There is urgent need for adequate measures to prevent cancer among people aged 20 to 39 years.

The call has been made by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Globally, there were one million new cancer cases among this age group in 2012, as well as 400,000 cancer-related deaths, according to a recent IARC report.

The majority of those affected were women.