World Cancer Day: WHO Warns Half of the World’s Countries Unprepared for Cancer Prevention and Management

by UNRIC , | 2013-02-03

A recent WHO survey for World Cancer Day warns more than half of all countries worldwide are struggling to prevent cancer and provide treatment and chronic care to cancer patients. This means that currently many of these countries do not have a functional cancer control plan that includes treatment and care, early detection and prevention.

There is an urgent need to help countries to reduce cancer deaths and provide appropriate long-term treatment and care to avoid human suffering and protect countries' social and economic development. Especially since Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide.

In 2008, more than 7 and a half million people died from cancer worldwide. Every year almost 13 million patients are newly diagnosed with the disease. More than two-thirds of these new cancer deaths and cases occur in developing countries where cancer incidence continues to increase at alarming rates. The WHO research suggests that currently a third of all cancer deaths are due to modifiable risks including tobacco use, obesity, harmful use of alcohol and infections. If detected early many types of cancer such as breast cancer, cervical cancer and colorectal cancer can be cured. World Cancer Day 4 February

"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

"In order to reduce exposure to risk factors leading to cancer and ensure that every person living with cancer gets access to appropriate care and treatment, comprehensive cancer control programs need to be set up in every country."

World Cancer Day - 4 February is an annual event initiated by the Union for International Cancer Control that calls on organizations and government agencies around the world and also people, to unite in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. In 2013, the campaign focuses on improving general knowledge around cancer and dispelling misconceptions about the disease.

PlacidWay is also trying to increase cancer awareness and help those in need find the treatment that can save their lives.

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