Cancer growing in more than half of all countries worldwide in 2013
Sadly this preventable disease just keeps growing all over the world regardless of economics and area.
“Cancer should not be a death sentence anywhere in the world as there are proven ways to prevent and cure many cancers”
Dr Oleg Chestnov, WHO Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health.
The World Health Organisation Survey as released February 4, 2013:
- More than half of all countries worldwide are struggling to prevent cancer
- Many countries do not have a functional cancer control plan that includes prevention, early detection, treatment and care
- Cancer is the #2 cause of death worldwide killing 7.6 million per year and growing
- Research suggests that currently at least a third of all cancer deaths are due to modifiable risks including tobacco use, obesity and alcohol
- WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) introduced the Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (GICR) promoting the monitoring of some major cancer risk factors such as tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diet
- Recently, political commitments from world leaders to address cancer have gained steam, including discussions at the national level of funding cancer treatment and care by raising taxes on tobacco and alcohol, which are known risk factors for cancers