May 29, 2012

The future of cancer?

Cancer is exacting severe costs from societies that are wholly unprepared to address it, and this toll will become even heavier in future years. By 2020, cancer is expected to kill more than twice as many people worldwide as it did at the turn of the millennium. In low- and middle-income countries, however, the death rate will be more than five times greater than in the industrialized world. Already, more than half a million women in low- and middle-income countries die from breast or cervical cancer alone each year (Garcia et al., 2007). The poorer regions of the world also account for more than 90% of cervical cancer cases worldwide (WHO, 2006).
That is from the paper "Access to Cancer Treatment in Low- and Middle-Income Countries - An Essential Part of Global Cancer Control" by Knaul et al. 

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