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Breast cancer is the most common cancer today – WHO

The Health Organization (WHO) says breast cancer precedes lung cancer as the most frequently diagnosed cancer in the world.
This is based on statistics released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in December 2020.
The WHO said this in a statement on its website on World Cancer Day, which is celebrated worldwide on February 4, to raise awareness about cancer and promote its prevention, detection and treatment.
“Today, WHO is hosting the first of a series of consultations to create a new global breast cancer initiative that will be launched in 2021.
“The joint effort by WHO, IARC, the International Atomic Energy Agency and other cross-cutting partners will reduce breast cancer deaths by promoting breast health, increasing early detection of cancer and ensuring access to quality care.
“WHO and the cancer community are responding with new urgency to combat breast cancer and the increasing global cancer burden that is weighing on individuals, communities and health systems,” he said.
Over the past two decades, the United Nations health agency has found that the number of people diagnosed with cancer has nearly doubled from about 10 million in 2000 to 19.3 million in 2020.
“Currently, one in five people in the world will develop cancer in their lifetime.
“The number of cancer patients is projected to continue to increase in the coming years, almost 50% more in 2040 than in 2020.
“The number of cancer deaths has also increased from 6.2 million in 2000 to 10 million in 2020. More than one in six deaths is due to cancer,” he said.
According to WHO, lifestyle changes such as unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, tobacco use and harmful alcohol use have contributed to the increasing burden of cancer.
He said this was largely due to increased life expectancy, as the risk of developing cancer increases with age.
“This increases the need to invest in cancer prevention and cancer, and to focus on existing cancers such as breast cancer, cervical cancer and childhood.
“Late diagnosis and lack of access to treatment are exacerbated by the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the problem of late diagnosis and a lack of access to treatment.
“They can be found everywhere, but especially in low and middle income countries.
“As well as struggling with cancer, they are at higher risk of serious illness and death than COVID-19,” he said.
According to a WHO study conducted in 2020, cancer treatment was stopped in more than 40% of the countries studied during the pandemic.
He said the study’s results were supported by published studies that showed delay in diagnosis was common, while interruptions and discontinuations increased significantly.
Meanwhile, participation in clinical trials and research has decreased. All stakeholders work in response. Some governments allow residents to seek safe cancer treatment.
“Health professionals have adapted care to the needs of their patients, including through the use of telemedicine, and civil society is helping patients by helping them coordinate their sessions and complete their treatment plans,” the statement said.
“I can and I can,” World Cancer Day is also an opportunity, according to the agency, to demonstrate WHO’s commitment to other major global cancer programs linked to cervical and childhood cancer.
“The World Health Assembly’s adoption of the Global Strategy to Accelerate the Eradication of Cervical Cancer as a Public Health Problem in 2020, as well as its associated goals and objectives, has provided further impetus for cervical cancer efforts.
“Three goals have been set for 2030: 90% of girls are fully vaccinated with the HPV vaccine; 70% of women are screened and 90% of women identified with cervical cancer will be treated.”
In addition, the UN health agency says cancer is the leading cause of death for children and adolescents. About 400,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year.
“On International Pediatric Cancer Day, February 15, WHO will issue guidelines for policy makers and program leaders to empower child cancer programs.
“This is a new assessment tool to facilitate coherent data collection and accelerate real-time interpretation of collected pediatric cancer data, as well as an online center for information exchange on childhood cancer.
“Breast, cervical and childhood cancer have a great chance of being cured if diagnosed at the right time and treated appropriately.
“WHO World Cancer Day is moving forward with our partners around the world to prevent and control cancer and provide support to all people living with cancer, no matter where they live or what their circumstances are,” he said.

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