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Friday, 29 July 2011

A million africans a year dying from cancer by 2030: What can cancer research and control offer to the continent?

In Africa there were an estimated 681,000 new cancer cases and 512,000 deaths in 2008. Projections to 2030 show a startling rise, with corresponding figures of 1.27 million cases and 0.97 million deaths resulting from population growth and aging alone. The figures make no assumptions about incidence rates which may increase due to the further introduction of tobacco and a more westernized lifestyle. The current situation in many parts of Africa with respect to health care systems suggests that improved cancer treatment would be an insufficient response to this increasing burden. Much could be achieved through cancer prevention by applying current knowledge about major risk factors and the natural history of the disease. For example,.......