The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of a 70 per cent increase in new cases of cancer in the next two decades.
About 8.2 million people die yearly from cancer, an estimated 13 percent of deaths worldwide.
WHO noted that there are over 100 cancer types, each requiring unique diagnosis and treatment.
These are part of revelations by the global health watchdog as the world marks this year’s World Cancer Month, wit the It has the theme, ‘We can. I can’
It, however, said over 30 per cent of cancer deaths could be prevented by modifying or avoiding key risk factors, especially tobacco use
Early detection, accurate diagnosis, and effective treatment, including pain relief and palliative care, help increase cancer survival rates and reduce suffering.
Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, tailored to tumour stage, type and available resources. Comprehensive cancer control plans are needed to improve cancer prevention and care, especially in low-income and middle-income countries.
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells, which can invade and spread to distant sites in the body. Cancer can have severe health consequences, and is a leading cause of death. Lung, prostate, colorectal, stomach, and liver cancer are most common in men, while breast, colorectal, lung, uterine cervix, and stomach cancer are common among women.