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UN Report: Cancer is no longer a disease of wealthy countries

UN Report: Cancer is no longer a disease of wealthy countries

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The UN health agency on Tuesday warned cancer cases would rise by 81 per cent in low- and middle-income countries by 2040 because of a lack of investment in prevention and care.

The Geneva-based World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a report that these countries had focused their limited resources on combating infectious diseases and improving maternal and child health instead of fighting cancer. It said they often had the highest cancer mortality too. The report, timed to coincide with World Cancer Day, said an investment of $25 billion over the next decade could save seven million lives from cancer. The annual report found that overall cancer cases in the world would rise by 60 per cent by 2040 and said tobacco use was responsible for 25 per cent of cancer deaths.

How many cancer cases does Pakistan has annually?

The cancers responsible for the highest incidence in both the genders (total = 148,041) in Pakistani population includes breast (n = 34038, 23%), lip and oral cavity (n = 12761, 8.6%), lung (n = 6800, 4.6%), non-hodgkin lymphoma (n = 5964, 4%) and colorectum (n = 5335, 3.6%), respectively.  Whereas, the cancers responsible for the highest deaths (total = 101,113) in Pakistani population includes breast (n = 16232, 16.1%), lip and oral cavity (n = 7266, 7.2%), lung (n = 6013, 5.9%), oesophagus (n = 4748, 4.7%) and non-hodgkin lymphoma (n = 4374, 4.3%), respectively.

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