Research has shown that Cancer could be triggered by what we eat, giving indications that it could be avoided.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday that cancer killed no fewer than 8.8 million people every year.

According to figures from WHO, victims of the disease are mostly in low and middle-income countries.

Prevalence of the disease appears to be on the rise and the WHO says it accounts for two and a half times more than death related cases attributed to HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), at the meeting in Khartoum, said "cancer can be a death warrant in some developing countries," WHO said on a statement.

To tackle the scourge, IAEA and the international community on Thursday held a high-level discussion on how to get more funding and support for treatment to parts of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.

"Cervical cancer is particularly deadly and disproportionally affects women in developing countries, where 83 per cent of all new cases occur, IAEA reported.

"One of the plans discusses proposes to establish a permanent screening centre in Cameroon, where 1,400 new women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, and 700 die.

"The rising tide of cancer calls for additional human and financial resources, as well as infrastructure," Nelly Enwerem-Bromson, Director of the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy at IAEA, said.

She said the event, co-organised by the IAEA and the Sudanese Government, brought together health and finance representatives from 16 Governments.

According to her, the event also discussed funding proposals to better detect and treat breast and cervical cancer, while developing nuclear medicine and radiotherapy in cancer control programmes.

Enwerem-Bromson said the meeting also reviewed a proposal to expand cancer services for low-income people in Jordan, including refugees.

The IAEA official notes that the only public radiotherapy facility is in the capital, Amman, which treats about 50 patients per day.