Cancer spreading or better reporting?
Not many decades ago, it seemed that cancer was a disease prevalent mostly in developed countries, sometimes called a disease of opulence.
The World Health Organization reports that in 2005, out of 58 million deaths worldwide, 7.6 million deaths were due to cancer.
Is this because of the introduction of new technologies to improve the monitoring and reporting of disease, or is it that more and more people are succumbing to the disease?
More than 70% of all cancer deaths occur in low and middle income countries, where limited or no resources are available for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
Cancer deaths are projected to rise, with about 9 million people dying from cancer in 2015, and 11.4 million dying in 2030.
What is the impact of cancer in your country?
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