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Cancer kills 700,000 Africans every year – WHO

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) says approximately 1.1 million new cancer cases occur each year in Africa, with about 700,000 deaths.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, stated this yesterday in her statement to mark this year’s World Cancer Day themed ‘Close the Care Gap: Uniting Our Voices and Taking Action.’

She said current projections showed that Africa would account for nearly 50 percent of the global childhood cancer burden by 2050.

Moeti said with significant data challenges, childhood cancer incidence in sub-Saharan Africa was estimated at 56.3 per million population.

According to her, data estimates show a considerable increase in cancer mortality to nearly one million deaths per year by 2030, without urgent and bold interventions.

She said: “We should recall that the most common cancers in adults include breast (16.5%), cervical (13.1%), prostate (9.4%), Colorectal (6%), and liver (4.6%) cancers, contributing to nearly half of the new cancer cases.”

Moeti said 12 countries in the region had valid National Cancer Control Plans.

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