Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Globally, nearly 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer.
Approximately 70% of deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries. Many of these countries are in Africa.
Late-stage presentation and inaccessible or incorrect diagnosis and treatment are huge problems as less than 40% of African countries can lay claim to affordable and accessible pathology and treatment services in the public sector.
The economic impact of cancer is significant and is increasing. In light of increased medical tourism to India and other Asian countries for appropriate medical diagnosis and treatment for cancer.
Join me PATRICIA OKOSODO in this conversation as I make a call for increased investment in healthcare to promote diagnosis and treatment of cancer in Africa. We are Africans, we should think our own solutions.
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