More than seven-and-a-half million people -- or about 20,000 people a day -- will die of cancer this 2007.
That's the sobering new estimate from a first-of-its-kind global study out of the American Cancer Society.
The report says that nearly three million cancer deaths will occur in economically developed countries … and more than four-and-a-half million in developing countries.
The publication also includes scary projections about tobacco-related deaths.
The ACS estimates more than one billion people will die this century from tobacco use -- a ten-fold increase over the 20th century. Some of the most devastating projections are in China where 350 million people smoke cigarettes. That's more than the entire population of the United States.
The study says stopping tobacco use in the developing world should be "an urgent global health priority".