Cancer Awareness Day, 4 February

 | Post date: 2024/02/4 | 
Ahead of World Cancer Day, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), unveiled the most recent global cancer burden estimates. Additionally, WHO shared findings from a survey conducted in 115 countries, revealing that a significant number of nations do not adequately fund essential cancer and palliative care services as part of universal health coverage (UHC).

The IARC estimates, based on the best sources of data available in countries in 2022, highlight the growing burden of cancer, the disproportionate impact on underserved populations, and the urgent need to address cancer inequities worldwide.

In 2022, there were an estimated 20 million new cancer cases and 9.7 million deaths. The estimated number of people who were alive within 5 years following a cancer diagnosis was 53.5 million. About 1 in 5 people develop cancer in their lifetime, approximately 1 in 9 men and 1 in 12 women die from the disease.
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