World Cancer Day: The situation is more grave than you think

Last year was all about COVID-19. But one should not forget a leading cause of death worldwide – cancer.

Established in 2000 by the Union for International Cancer Control to raise global awareness of cancer prevention and care, February 4 marked World Cancer Day.

In 2020, the global cancer burden was significant and increasing, partially due to the ravaging coronavirus, Dr. Andre Ilbawi, a cancer specialist at the World Health Organization, said.

Citing data from International Agency for Research on Cancer, he said, “The number of people diagnosed with cancer globally reached 19.3 million, and the number of people dying increased to 10 million.”

The agency estimates that globally, one in five people develops cancer during their lifetime, and one in eight men and one in 11 women dies from the disease.

The WHO warned the burden of cancer is expected to rise further due to population expansion and improvement in life expectancy.

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