Who is calling for closing the cancer care gap between high and low income countries

2022-04-23 0 By

Geneva, February 4 (Xinhua News Agency)On World Cancer Day 2022, the World Health Organization is calling for narrowing the gap in cancer care between high – and low-income countries.February 4 is World Cancer Day, and this year’s theme is “Integrating Health resources for All”.Cancer is one of the world’s leading causes of death and its burden on countries is increasing, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement Wednesday.While all cancers can be treated, and many of them can be prevented or cured, there are inequalities and inequities in cancer care around the world, with the gap between high-income and low-income countries being particularly pronounced.According to WHO, about 20 million people worldwide will be diagnosed with cancer in 2021, and about 10 million will die from cancer, and these numbers will continue to rise in the coming decades.More than 90% of high-income countries are reported to have access to comprehensive cancer treatment, compared with less than 15% in low-income countries.To close this gap, WHO recommends that countries establish national cancer centres and strengthen the services of existing cancer centres to ensure that cancer centres play a key role in cancer treatment.Who believes that national cancer centres combine prevention, diagnosis, multidisciplinary treatment and supportive care to make it easier for patients to access relevant services, leading to better treatment outcomes.Radiation therapy is one of the most cost-effective, effective and widely used methods of cancer treatment, but access to it remains inadequate globally, especially in low-income countries, who said.Who says it is working with the INTERNATIONAL Atomic Energy Agency on a new “Lights of Hope” initiative that will prioritize high-impact, cost-effective and sustainable interventions based on country needs and commitments, starting in Africa.In addition, cancer screening and treatment services were partially or completely disrupted in more than half of the countries surveyed during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an October 2021 survey.Who therefore calls for increased efforts to scale up high-quality cancer response programmes at the international, national and community levels to help people living with cancer regain hope.