Cancer is a growing health problem in developing countries

Cancer is an enormous and growing global public health problem, says the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Health Organization.

Cancer Screening

The two United Nations agencies note that in some African countries, fewer than 15 percent of cancer patients survive for five years following diagnosis of some forms of the disease that are highly curable in the developed world.

If no action is taken, they warn, the number of cancer deaths in the developing world may grow to nearly six million by 2015 and over nine million by 2030.

The World Health Organization is working to improve cancer control in developing countries, while IAEA is working to build the capacity of countries for radiation medicine.

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