Today is World Cancer Cay. As a single entity, cancer is the biggest killer worldwide with around 8.2 million deaths in 2012. A figure that is estimated to rise by 75% up to around 13 million by 2035. And whilst hundreds of events take place across the globe, the World Health Organisation have announced a their World Cancer Report 2014.
From their statistical analysis, and through collaboration with over 250 global leaders in numerous disciplines within the field of oncology, the WHO have concluded that “despite exciting advances, this Report shows that we cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem.”
The WHO reports that the economic cost per year can be as much as $1.16 trillion a year (2010) despite almost half of all cancer cases being preventable.
The WHO proposes three positions that governments across the world need to adopt in order to prevent needless deaths from cancer: effective vaccination campaigns; early detection, diagnosis and treatment; and adequate legislation to reduce environmental factors.
With around 60% of all cancer cases occurring in Central and South America, Africa and Asia, the WHO presses the potential of effective vaccination campaigns to wipe out he sizable number of cases cause through infection in a cost effective and realistic manner. Through effective hepatitis B vaccinations many cases of liver cancer (making up 9.1% of all cases) could be prevented. Through global take up of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine numerous cases of cervical cancer could be avoided.
The most commonly diagnosed cancers:
Lung: 1.8 million cases, 13.0% of total cases
Breast: 1.7 million, 11.9% of total cases
Large Bowel: 1.4 million, 9.7% of total cases.
The most common causes of cancer death:
Lung: 1.6 million, 19.4% of the total number
Liver: 0.8 million, 9.1%, of the total number
Stomach: 0.7 million, 8.8% of the total number
See the press release from the WHO here.
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