10 million deaths from cancer in 2021.

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The World Health Orga­ni­za­tion revealed this in a state­ment to com­mem­o­rate World Can­cer Day 2022 which has the theme “Clos­ing the Care Gap”.

Stress­ing that the dis­ease has become one of the lead­ing caus­es of death world­wide, he warned that the death toll would con­tin­ue to rise in the years to come.

“In 2021, the world crossed a sober­ing new thresh­old – approx­i­mate­ly 20 mil­lion peo­ple were diag­nosed with can­cer and 10 mil­lion died,” the state­ment said. “These num­bers will con­tin­ue to rise in the decades to come. And yet, all can­cers can be treat­ed, and many can be pre­vent­ed or cured.

“Can­cer care, how­ev­er, like so many oth­er dis­eases, reflects the inequal­i­ties and injus­tices of our world. The clear­est dis­tinc­tion is between high-income and low-income coun­tries, with full treat­ment report­ed­ly avail­able in more than 90% of high-income coun­tries but less than 15% of low-income countries.

Accord­ing to the WHO, the sur­vival of chil­dren diag­nosed with can­cer is above 80% in high-income coun­tries and below 30% in low- and mid­dle-income countries.

It found that breast can­cer sur­vival five years after diag­no­sis was over 80% in most high-income coun­tries, com­pared to 66% and 40% in India and South Africa respectively.

A recent sur­vey, the agency said, found that can­cer ser­vices were cov­ered by a coun­try’s largest pub­lic health financ­ing sys­tem in about 37% of low- and mid­dle-income coun­tries, com­pared with at least 78 % of high-income countries.

This means a can­cer diag­no­sis has the poten­tial to push fam­i­lies into pover­ty, espe­cial­ly in low-income coun­tries – an effect that has been exac­er­bat­ed dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, the WHO has warned.

“For all these rea­sons, the theme for this year’s World Can­cer Day is ‘Bridg­ing the Care Gap,’ â€ the state­ment explained. “And for­tu­nate­ly, much is being done to bring qual­i­ty can­cer care to coun­tries where, until now, it has been out of reach.

“WHO efforts are focused on breast can­cer – the most com­mon can­cer today; cer­vi­cal can­cer – which can be elim­i­nat­ed; and child­hood can­cer. Each of these ini­tia­tives focus­es on low- and mid­dle-income coun­tries, where the great­est pub­lic health gains are to be made. Â»

The agency assured that these glob­al inte­grat­ed ini­tia­tives against can­cer were imple­ment­ed by more than 200 part­ners around the world, includ­ing many devel­op­ment banks which have sig­nif­i­cant­ly increased their invest­ments in can­cer research, pre­ven­tion and care. the cancer.

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