According to a latest research by World Heath Organization, a UN agency, cancer kills about 8.8 million people around the world every year.
“New WHO figures released this week indicate that each year 8.8 million people die from cancer, mostly in low-and middle-income countries. One problem is that many cancer cases are diagnosed too late”, according to a press release.
It is estimated that by 2030, over two-thirds of all cancer-related deaths will be caused in developing countries.
“Early detection can also cut the cost of treatment. In 2010, it said, the total annual economic cost of cancer through healthcare expenditure and loss of productivity was estimated at $1.16 trillion. “Diagnosing cancer in late stages, and the inability to provide treatment, condemns many people to unnecessary suffering and early death,” said Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of WHO’s Department for the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention.
“By taking the steps to implement WHO’s new guidance, healthcare planners can improve early diagnosis of cancer and ensure prompt treatment, especially for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers”, he stressed.
Studies in high-income countries have depicted that the treatment for cancer patients being diagnosed early are 2 to 4 times less expensive than compared to treatments on patients diagnosed with cancer at a more advanced stage, state reports issued by WHO.
According to the guidance released, WHO’s third step to early diagnosis includes strengthening & equipping health services and training workers.