Cancer is a huge global burden: WHO

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Monday is World Cancer Day.

And it's seen as an opportunity to raise awareness about that major public health problem.

Dr. Andreas Ullich is a Medical Officer, Cancer Control, Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health at the World Health Organization –WHO.

He explains that there are many different types of cancers and taken together is a major problem not only in the rich countries but also in the low and middle income countries.

” According to our statistics, currently we have about 7.6 million people dying every year on cancer and we have over 13 million new cases every year. So it's a huge burden of disease but there is hope. We know that up to one-third of the deaths of cancer can be avoided by modifying cancer risks, such as tobacco use, alcohol use, lack of physical activity and in some regions of the world, infections can cause cancer and infections can be prevented through vaccination like hepatitis B is a cause of liver cancer and it you can vaccine against the human papiloma virus – we know it's cause of cervical cancer in women and we have vaccines and we have hope to prevent cancer.”

Dr. Ullich says cancer care is also very promising. He says there's a huge focus in clinical medicine to treat cancer if detected early.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’25″

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