Cancer second leading cause of death in the world

Young girl getting Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in her school, in São Paulo. WHO / PAHO

Cancer has a major impact on global health being the second leading cause of death, a senior official with the World Health Organization has said.

According to the agency, early detection of the disease can help reduce the number of cases.

Furthermore, the burden can be reduced if people lived healthier lives by fighting obesity, avoiding tobacco and excessive drinking.

Ahead of World Cancer Day, marked every year on 4 February, Isabelle Dupuis spoke to Dr Andreas Ulrich of WHO.

Duration: 3'17''

 

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