Prevention is Key to Decreasing Cancer Mortality in Africa
Monday, February 10, 2014
For many young women, identifying a lump during a breast self-exam can be terrifying. The thought of cancer strikes fear in the heart of many and unfortunately, it appears to be on the rise according to the recently released World Cancer Report 2014. In 2012 alone, there were 14 million new cancer cases and this number is expected to rise to 22 million in 20 years.
Dr Christopher Wild, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and a co-editor of the report, stressed the need for a greater focus on “prevention and early detection to complement improved treatments and address the alarming rise in the global cancer burden”.
In 2012, lung, liver and stomach cancers were the leading causes of cancer deaths with Africa, Asia, Central and South America accounting for 70% of these deaths. Inadequate infrastructure for early detection and treatment is often the culprit for these tragedies.