On October 6, 2008, in Africa, cancer, global health, by Karen Grepin

Here are some startling statistics:

Cancer already causes more deaths each year worldwide than HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria combined. By 2020 there are expected to be 16 million new cases of cancer every year, 70 per cent of which will be in developing countries, which are least prepared to address the growing cancer burden. In the developing world, one-third of cancers are potentially preventable and another third are treatable if detected early. However, in many developing countries, governments and institutions face a wide range of serious health problems and cancer is often not a priority in limited-resource settings. This is particularly true in African countries where a cancer diagnosis means a painful and distressing death in most cases.

This text was taken from the website of AfrOx, a new organization at Oxford University, whose mission is to improve cancer prevention and control in Africa.

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