1. CANCER — A LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH OF MANKIND
- Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are now responsible for over 70% of global deaths each year, with cancer being a leading cause of death and the single most important barrier to increasing life expectancy in every country of the world in the 21stcentury.
- One out of every three persons will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
- Cancer is now responsible for one out of every six deaths globally.
2. CANCER — A GROWING EPIDEMIC
- The worldwide burden of cancer doubled between 1975 and 2000 and is set to double again by 2020 and nearly triple by 2030.
- It is projected that by 2030, one out of every two persons will be diagnosed of cancer in their lifetime.
- In contract, deaths from infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS will decline by 7 million every year.
3. CANCER – CAN AFFECT ANY ORGAN, ANY PERSON & ANY FAMILY
- All organs of the body are prone to cancer, except the nail and hair, which are composed of dead cells.
- Cancer can affect anyone, irrespective of age, sex or social class; some children are born with cancer.
- When Cancer affects an individual, the entire family suffers. ‘A person does not have cancer; a family does.’
4. CANCER — THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE ILLNESS
- Cancer’s economic toll was $1.16 trillion in 2010 (up from $895 billion in 2008 — equivalent to 1.5 percent of the world’s GDP).
- Corporate organizations expend a lot of funds on treating preventable cancers among their employees every year.
5. CANCER —THE GREATEST CAUSE OF INEQUALITY IN GLOBAL HEALTH
- 70% of cancer deaths take place in poor countries due to lack of infrastructure to deal with the problems.
- Only 5% of global resources for cancer are spent in developing countries.
- Cancer hits the poor and vulnerable particularly hard, and drive them deeper into poverty.
6. CANCER —-MOST RELATED DEATHS CAN BE PREVENTED ACCORDING TO WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO):
- 1/3 of all cancers can be prevented
- Another 1/3 can be effectively cured with early diagnosis
- Palliative care can improve the quality of life of the last third of cancer patients.
CANCER DEMANDS FULL-SCALE WAR!
- We should ACT! (Attack Cancer Together!) Because everyone deserves to live long enough to retire, to attend their children’s graduations or weddings, to see their grandchildren, and to enjoy the fruits of their labour.
- We will ACT!! (Attack Cancer Today!!) Because tomorrow may be too late.
- We must ACT! (Attack Cancer Totally!!!) Because only through a full-scale WAR can we defeat cancer.
“We can make a difference by taking action today. We have the opportunity to stem this increase. This report calls on Governments, health practitioners and the general public to take urgent action. Action now can prevent one third of cancers, cure another third, and provide good, palliative care to the remaining third who need it.”
– Dr. Paul Kleihues, Director of the IARC and co-editor of the World Cancer Report 2012
“It’s vital that countries find innovative ways to ensure that essential services for NCDs continue, even as they fight COVID-19. We must be ready to “build back better” ̶ strengthening health services so that they are better equipped to prevent, diagnose and provide care for NCDs in the future, in any circumstances.”
– Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO (2020)