Increasing Prevalence of Cancer in Africa

An article in the September 10 issue of the Nairobi-published Business Daily has addressed “the increasing onslaught” of cancer in Africa, calling out increasing risk for prostate cancer as one specific factor.

The article goes on to note that, “Although many of the cancers found in Africa are preventable or treatable when detected early enough, the grim picture of insufficient resources and a lack of basic infrastructure mean that most Africans have no access to cancer screening, early diagnosis, treatment or palliative care.”

Current World Health Organization (WHO) projections suggest that more than 1 million new cancer diagnoses each year in Africa by 2020. A significant proportion of those cases can be expected to be prostate cancers, and most of the prostate cancer diagnoses can currently be expected to be made too late for curative treatment to be effective.

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