World Health Organization forecasts 81 pct cancer jump in poorer countries

Henrietta Brewer
February 4, 2020

On World Cancer Day, Michael is joined by Professor Sanchia Aranda AM, CEO of Cancer Council Australia, who are calling for more action to reduce inequities in cancer outcomes, following a new global survey showing almost half (45%) of all Australians believe Government should be doing more to make cancer services more affordable.

If current trends continue, World Health Organization warns, new cancer cases will rise by 60% by 2040, more than 80% in low- and middle-income countries.

The report, timed to coincide with World Cancer Day, said an investment of $25 billion (23 billion euros) over the next decade could save seven million lives from cancer.


Only 1 in 5 low- and middle-income countries have the necessary data to drive cancer policy.

According to the findings, those in lower income brackets were less likely to recognise cancer risk factors compared to their higher-income peers. He says controlling the disease does not have to be expensive. Of the 1.2 lakh cases of oral cancer, 92,000 were in men. "This is feasible", Ilbawi said.

Intravenous bags hang above young cancer patients at Rady's Children Hospital in San Diego, California, Sept. 4, 2019.


With the added tests and treatment of precancerous lesions, cervical cancer cases would fall by 97% and 72 million cases would be prevented over the next century.

And with an increase in appropriate treatment, 62 million cervical cancer deaths would be prevented, according to a pair of studies published January 30 in The Lancet. And these are successfully keeping many people alive who otherwise would have died. Together, these account for 49 per cent of all new cancer cases, the report notes. Smoking and tobacco intake alone causes approximately 22 per cent of cancer deaths. Cervical cancer disproportionately affects women with lower socioeconomic status, who are at a considerable disadvantage in the availability of and access to public health services for prevention and early detection, and therefore this is an equity issue. As many as 1.63 lakh cases were those of breast cancer and 1.2 lakh of oral cancer.


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