cancer: WHO outlines measures to save 7 million by 2030
cancer: WHO outlines measures to save 7 million by 2030

The World Health Organisation, WHO is targeting over seven million people, in its effort to step-up cancer services in resource-poor countries.

The WHO also warns that if current trends continue, the world will see a 60 percent increase in cancer cases over the next two decades, predicting that the highest growth, an estimated 81 percent in new cases will occur in low and middle-income countries, where survival rates are currently lowest.

This World Health Body says this is largely because the countries in question have had to focus limited health resources on fighting infectious diseases and improving maternal and child health, while health services are not equipped to check, diagnose and treat cancers.

WHO Assistant Director-General, Universal Health Coverage/Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases, Ren Minghui, explained that in 2019, more than 90 percent of high-income countries reported that comprehensive treatment services for cancer were available in the public health system, compared to less than 15 percent of low-income countries.

He said this is a wake-up call to all, to tackle the unacceptable inequalities between cancer services in rich and poor countries.