Progress is Possible

Ramped-up cancer services could save 7 million lives over the next decade—and addressing huge service gaps between rich and poor countries is key to success, according to a new WHO report.
 
In 2019, over 90% of high-income countries reported that comprehensive cancer treatment services were available through the public health system, compared to fewer than 15% of low-income countries, according to WHO.
 
But poorer countries can make substantial strides with a universal health coverage approach and use of the latest science to meet their particular needs.
 
The report lays out proven ways to prevent new cancer cases without breaking the bank, including tobacco-control measures and vaccines that protect against common cancers.
 
But without swift intervention, cancer cases will climb 60% in the next 2 decades—and low- and middle-income countries will bear the brunt of it.

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