WHO and vaccine group back 'critical' cervical cancer shots

In 2018, there were more than 18 million new cases of cancer diagnosed of which almost 5 million cases of breast, cervical, colorectal, and oral cancers could have been detected sooner and treated more effectively. In the past, the living conditions in China were poor, and thus the incidence of so-called "cancer of poverty" such as liver cancer, stomach cancer and cervical cancer caused by chronic infection was high.

She said the statistics could be high looking at what was being reported by two facilities, saying at the last count between 2016 and 2018, Ghana's general cancer records gave a record data of about 16,000 confirmed cases of the disease annually, which was expected to rise further to 22,000, a situation which was disturbing for the country.

According to doctors, more than 70 percent of cancer patients reach the hospital mostly when they are in the third or fourth stage, making treatment nearly impossible for the patients. Multiple initiatives run on World Cancer Day to show support for those affected by cancer. It is the fourth most common cancer for women globally.

In China, more than 80-90 percent of patients with stomach cancer are in advanced stage at the time of diagnosis, and the rate of early detection is only 7-10 percent, which results in a 5-year survival rate of less than 30 percent. Around £1.5bn of this is the cost to the NHS of mark-ups on cancer drug prices to cover research and development (R&D) costs. Free screenings at these centers and public health clinics in every neighborhood are at the forefront in early diagnosis efforts.

The report on the Breast Cancer Screening market, projected to chronicle itself among some of the topnotch business verticals, is also inclusive of sufficient information related to basic market dynamics - like the myriad risks prevailing in this business space, the driving forces impelling the industry landscape, and the opportunities in this sphere. The WHO has identified what it says are five behavioral and dietary risks for a human: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use.

According to World Health Organization, countries should have at least 70 per cent of their eligible women vaccinated against the human papilloma virus, the virus that causes the cancer. It is the responsibility of each and every one to play their part to reduce the burden of cancer in the country.

Something that can not be ignored, however, is the importance of cancer prevention. "This is done at health facilities, and through campaigns in different places like schools", he said.

This year the campaign will be articulated around four key areas of focus. Keeping a healthy weight is important, because obesity is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking.

"What we're trying to do through this education program is to capture [the] 40 per cent that never had a Pap smear", explained Roth.

"I only want the best for my son and when he was cleared by the doctors, it was as if God answered my prayers".

Vanessa Coleman

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