WHO warns of potential doubling of cancer deaths in Africa

The East African February 12, 2024, 06:00 AM UTC

Summary: The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that without immediate action, cancer-related deaths in Africa could reach 1 million per year by 2030, nearly doubling from 573,653 deaths in 2022. Cancer survival rates in the region average 12%, much lower than the global average of over 80%. Urgent high-impact interventions are needed to reduce cancer cases and fatalities, with a focus on breast, cervical, prostate, colorectal, and liver cancers. Leaders must prioritize prevention, care, and investments in cancer control.

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