IAEA to raise awareness about the nature of cancer in low and middle income countriesListen /
World Cancer Day will be observed by the International Atomic Energy Agency –IAEA on Monday, 4 February, with an event to raise awareness about the nature of cancer in low- and middle-income countries. The IAEA says this year’s “Did You Know?” theme for World Cancer Day is an opportunity to improve general knowledge about cancer and to dispel misconceptions of the disease.
According to the IAEA, among the most persistent myths about cancer is that it only affects high-income, developed countries. Yet cancer affects us all, no matter the resource setting. The nuclear agency says seventy percent of the 10 million deaths caused by cancer each year occur in low-and middle-income countries.
The IAEA works with its Member States to improve access to radiotherapy and nuclear medicine and strengthen national cancer control programmes. Since 1980, the IAEA has delivered more than US$260 million worth of cancer-related assistance to low-and middle-income countries, providing both equipment and training.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.