Equal Cancer Care for all: WHO's steps to save 7 million lives

Every year on the 4th of February, World Cancer Day is observed to raise awareness of the disease and encourage early detection through screenings and prevention through healthy life choices. In 2020, the World Health Organization reveals its intervention report on World Cancer Day to address the pressing need to increase and improve cancer care services in low and middle-income countries, and hopefully, save 7 million lives.

 

10 million people died from cancer in 2018

Concerning Trends

According to their findings, WHO warns that if the current trends continue, the next two decades will see a 60% increase in cancer cases.
The most significant increase (an estimated 81 %) will crop up in low and middle-income countries, which also have the lowest survival rates.

These low statistics are the result of limited health resources that are primarily focused on combating infectious diseases and improving maternal and child health. The burden of non-communicable diseases now outweighs the burden of infectious diseases in every country, and those figures are continuing to rise. It is predicted that by 2040, the global burden of cancer cases will double to about 29-37 million, with the greatest increases in poorer countries.

In 2019, over 90% of high-income countries confirmed that their public health systems were well and suitably equipped to prevent, diagnose, and offer cancer treatment. Low and middle-income countries, however, fell well below the bar, revealing that only 15% had access to comprehensive cancer treatment and services through the public health system.

researcher studying cancer cells

“Cancer should not be
a death sentence”

Dr Ren Minghui, Assistant Director-General, Universal Health Coverage/Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases, World Health Organization, states that “This is a wake-up call to all of us to tackle the unacceptable inequalities between cancer services in rich and poor countries. If people have access to primary care and referral systems then cancer can be detected early, treated effectively, and cured. Cancer should not be a death sentence to anyone, anywhere.”

These dire findings, however, do not mean that progress in low-income countries is unachievable; however, it does call for monumental efforts from all countries and governments.

Equal access to cancer care for everyone

 Today, two co-ordinated reports were released by WHO and the International Agency for Research on Cancer in response to improved cancer control policies and research across the globe.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO, states that “at least 7 million lives could be saved over the next decade, by identifying the most appropriate science for each country situation, by basing strong cancer responses on universal health coverage, and by mobilizing different stakeholders to work together”

In these new reports, WHO outlines a range of proven steps and interventions to prevent new cancer cases. These include:

  • Controlling tobacco use (responsible for 25% of
    cancer deaths)
  • Vaccinating against hepatitis B to prevent liver
    cancer
  • Vaccinating against HPV to prevent cervical
    cancer
  • Cancer screening and treatment
  • High-impact cancer management interventions
  • Access to palliative care including pain relief

The full report, which can be found here, outlines the principles, tools, and current priority cancer control interventions to tackle unequal current and future cancer burdens and opportunities. The challenge for low and middle-income countries will now be to select a suitable cancer treatment that takes into consideration cost, feasibility, and effectiveness.

 

cancer prevention and treatment icons


10 million people died from cancer in 2018
News


Equal cancer care for all: WHO’s steps to save 7 million lives from cancer

February 4, 2020

Every year on the 4th of February, World Cancer Day is observed to raise awareness of the disease and encourage early detection through screenings and prevention through healthy life choices


Read More →

Australian Bushfire
News


Air quality rendered unsafe following bush fires

December 2, 2019

Air quality rendered unsafe following bush fires Residents of New South Wales and the east coast have been advised to avoid venturing outdoors as much …


Read More →

Health Insurance Premiums
News


Australian Private Health Insurance Premiums Expected to Surge

November 28, 2019

Australian Private Health Insurance Premiums Expected to Surge Promises fall through Health Minister Greg Hunt’s avowal to tackle private health insurance premiums has gone belly …


Read More →

Private Healthcare Australia
News


PHA proposal for employers to pay for private health insurance

November 14, 2019

PHA proposal for employers to pay for private health insurance The Private Health Insurance sector is speaking up about concerning trends relating to young people …


Read More →

Measles Outbreak spurs vaccinations
News


Measles Outbreak spurs vaccinations

November 6, 2019

Measles Outbreak spurs vaccinations A new outbreak of measles has prompted health officials to issue travel vaccination warnings to those leaving the country. One-hundred and …


Read More →

Australian obesity
News


Where you live affects your weight

October 25, 2019

Where you live affects your weight 1 in 3 Australians are overweight and where you live is the major contributing factor. While you may think …


Read More →

dental news
News


New Multi-Million Dollar Investment Into A Vaccine For Periodontal Gum Disease

October 23, 2019

New Muti-Million Dollar Investment Into A Vaccine For Periodontal Gum Disease The 14 million dollar investment into a vaccine for periodontal gum disease has come …


Read More →

gastro health insurance
News


100 Train Passengers Fall Ill From Gastro Outbreak

October 21, 2019

Over 100 passengers Fall Ill From Gastro Outbreak on Indian Pacific Train Over 100 passengers who boarded the Indian Pacific train left with more than …


Read More →

4.8/5
Renee Tan made the process simple.
Renee Tan made the process simple.Tanya 17/10/2019 Read More
Renee Tan made the process simple. She very clearly explained all the options and changes and how that would and could impact our health insurance. Renee gave great service, which makes me want to recommend your services to my family and friends.
Responded very quickly to my email for…
Responded very quickly to my email for…Shirley 17/10/2019 Read More
Responded very quickly to my email for help on finding a medical fund. Mark that I spoke to was great at helping and explaining everything to me that I needed to know.
went through every step in detail and always asked if I had any question during the course of our conversation
Excellent service
Excellent serviceKristine 16/10/2019 Read More
Excellent service. Daniel is really good in explaining everything and very patient.
Daniel listened to what I wanted
Daniel listened to what I wantedLorraine 16/10/2019 Read More
Daniel listened to what I wanted , sent me email to review and called back when he said he would , also saved me $50+ per month , and kept adult kids on policy for a bit longer .
Wasn’t pushy
Wasn’t pushyShaylee 01/10/2019 Read More
Wasn’t pushy, asked what I required gave me adequate thinking time and I got off the phone a happy customer
This team and in particular Daniel
This team and in particular DanielPeter 20/09/2019 Read More
This team and in particular , Daniel was very helpful , took the time to explain in detail all aspects , and was very understanding and patient
Highly recommend them
Previous
Next
Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
10 million people died from cancer in 2018
News


Equal cancer care for all: WHO’s steps to save 7 million lives from cancer

February 4, 2020
No Comments

Every year on the 4th of February, World Cancer Day is observed to raise awareness of the disease and encourage early detection through screenings and prevention through healthy life choices


Read More →

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top