LUGANO, Switzerland, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - To coincide with World Cancer Day
2011, on 4 February, the Africa Oxford Cancer Foundation (AfrOx) and
the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) are working together
to raise international awareness of the growing problem of cancer in
AfrOx and ESMO are launching the 'Cancer in Africa: the Runaway Train'
video, seeking to galvanise the global community to stop the train and
prevent as many cancer deaths as possible (http://www.afrox.org/cancerprevention4africa).
In addition to the video, AfrOx and ESMO are launching a series of
cancer prevention awareness posters for African countries (free to
download at http://www.afrox.org/cancerposters or http://www.esmo.org) with the aim of developing a template for low-cost cancer awareness
and prevention programmes that can be replicated in other developing
At present cancer kills more than 7 million people per year and is
responsible for more deaths worldwide than AIDS, malaria and
tuberculosis combined. It is estimated that if no action is taken, the
situation will continue to deteriorate and by 2020 it is expected that
there will be 16 million new cases per year. 70% of these new cases
will occur in the developing world.
"The rising incidence of cancer in Africa is like a runaway train coming
down the track," noted Alan Milburn, former UK Secretary of State for
Health and Chairman of AfrOx. "The global community must act now to
prevent the situation from deteriorating."
"One third of cancers affecting people in the developing world are
potentially preventable and another third treatable if detected early,"
Milburn continued. "Bad habits and diet, tobacco use and sedentary
lifestyles can lead to cancer. Avoiding them can also be a way to
Professor David Kerr, ESMO President, said, "ESMO has a commitment to
support the fight against cancer outside of Europe and we are delighted
to be working with AfrOx to both raise global awareness of the problem
of cancer in Africa and support prevention and awareness programmes in
"We also have high expectations that the 2011 United Nations Summit on
Non-Communicable Diseases will result in cost-effective global
strategies to support our efforts," Prof Kerr added.
Show your support on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/cancerprevention4africa), Twitter (http://twitter.com/myesmo or @AfrOxFoundation) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/ESMOchannel)
SOURCE European Society for Medical Oncology
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