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Urgent action needed to improve early detection

05 Février 2019

Women with dense breast tissue are more likely to develop cancer, but most who fall in that category have no way of knowing they are at risk because the information isn't routinely included in mammogram reports in many parts of Canada.

Today is the 4th of February and is the World Cancer Day -authorities in countries around the world including Samoa will raise awareness and encourage prevention, detection and treatment. "In Croatia, about 23,000 people are diagnosed with cancer annually and a similar rise as in the world is predicted", Kujundžić told a press conference.

Among Arab-Israeli women, there is a continuous decline in cancer mortality between 1990 and 2016, by 0.5 percent.

"Thousands of lives can be saved in Africa with proper cancer prevention, early detection, access to proper treatment and care", she said. Decision-makers can be reassured that a cancer control plan will not create a costly vertical programme, but should be integrated with non-communicable diseases and other related programmes to make better use of available resources.

But why is cancer the second highest killer in Samoa after cardiovascular disease?

To mark World Cancer Day 2019, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a statement in which it "unequivocally confirms the efficacy and safety of HPV vaccination". We urgently need a complete review of the whole cancer R&D process, for the sake of everyone dying for a cure. "More importantly, CBE allows healthcare providers to educate the community about the early detection of breast cancer".

In 2018, there were more than 18 million new cases of cancer diagnosed of which almost five million cases of breast, cervical, colorectal, and oral cancers could have been detected sooner and treated more effectively.

The government should also increase its investment and strengthen its supervision over national cancer prevention funds. The process can undoubtedly help bringing down the death rates caused by the disease. While a cough is not cancer, it needs to be checked as persistent coughing can be due to lung cancer.

He said Croatia followed world trends in cancer treatment when it comes to new medication and that past year saw a significant rise in the procurement of diagnostic equipment.

Males or females, both should watch for any unusual changes in their body and energy levels in order to detect any early signs of cancer.

Millions of cancer cases are being found late, which can lead to more costly and complex treatment.

The writer is Consultant Medical Oncologist at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre.

Cancer causes about 9.5 million deaths worldwide every year. However, when you know early, cancer is curable.

Urgent action needed to improve early detection