Top of the Morning: Sharp Rise in Global Breast Cancer Rates

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Sharp Rise in Global Breast Cancer Rates

 Cancer rates are rising around the world, propelled by an increase in breast cancer in developing countries. “Global cancer rates jumped to more than 14 million last year, with some 1.7 million women diagnosed with breast cancer last, an increase of 20 per cent since 2008, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), while the mortality rate rose 14 per cent over that time period with 522,000 deaths in 2012…The cancer is particularly active in sub-Saharan Africa where 34.8 new cases are diagnosed each year per 100,000 women, as compared with between 6.6 and 2.5 new cases in North America. Meanwhile, more than one-fifth of all new cases are diagnosed with India.” (UN

Report: Europe Taking in a Paltry Number of Syrian Refugees

Amnesty International published a report sharply critical is the EU’s reluctance to take in Syrian refugees. “In September, Sweden became the first EU member state to offer Syrian refugees permanent residence. More than 14,000 Syrians have sought asylum there in the past two years.Germany has resettled 1,000 refugees and plans to admit another 9,000.The UK says it has no plans to resettle or provide temporary protection to Syrian refugees, although individual asylum claims are considered on their merits.” (BBC