Non-Communicable Diseases including cancer is one of the World Health Organization's "Ten Threats to global Health"

Source: World Health Organization 2019.  Ten threats to global health in 2019. Available from: https://www.who.int/emergencies/ten-threats-to-global-health-in-2019

Every year 9.6 million people die from cancer every year

Source: Globocan 2018. World fact sheet. Available from: http://gco.iarc.fr/today/data/factsheets/populations/900-world-fact-sheets.pdf, accessed 12.09.2018

 

3.7 million people can be saved each year if we act.

Up to 3.7 million lives could be saved each year by implementing resource appropriate strategies for prevention, early detection and treatment.

Source: Knaul FM, Arreola-Ornelas H, Atun R, Mendez O, Guerrero R, Alsan M, Seinfeld J.: Investingin cancer care and control. Chapter 3 in: Knaul FM, Gralow JR, Atun R, Bhadelia A. editorsfor the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries. Closing the Cancer Divide: An Equity Imperative. Cambridge, MA: Harvard GlobalEquity Initiative; 2012. Distributed by Harvard University Press.

 

Because genetic mutations play a role in 5-10% of cancers.

Source: NIH – National Cancer Institute. The Genetics of Cancer. Available from: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/genetics

 

27% of cancers relate to tobacco and alcohol use

Sources:

WHO Fact Sheet Cancer http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs297/en/
WHO Global status report on alcohol and health 2014 http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/112736/1/9789240692763_eng.pdf

 

The total global economic cost of cancer is 1.16USD trillion

Source: Knaul FM, Arreola-Ornelas H, Atun R, Mendez O, Guerrero R, Alsan M, Seinfeld J.: Investing in cancer care and control. Chapter 3 in: Knaul FM, Gralow JR, Atun R, Bhadelia A. editors for the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries. Closing the Cancer Divide: An Equity Imperative. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Global Equity Initiative; 2012. Distributed by Harvard University Press

 

If we invested in 11.4USD billion in prevention strategies, we’ll save a massive 100USD billion in avoided cancer treatment costs.

Source: Source: Knaul FM, Arreola-Ornelas H, Atun R, Mendez O, Guerrero R, Alsan M, Seinfeld J.: Investing in cancer care and control. Chapter 3 in: Knaul FM, Gralow JR, Atun R, Bhadelia A. editors for the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries. Closing the Cancer Divide: An Equity Imperative. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Global Equity Initiative; 2012. Distributed by Harvard University Press

 

Around 70% of all cancer deaths occur in the least developed parts of the world

Source: World Health Organization, Fact Sheets, http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/cancer

 

90% of low-income countries (LMICs) don’t  have access to radiotherapy – one of the essential ways to treat cancer

Source: Zubizarreta EH, Fidarova E, Healy B, Rosenblatt E. Need for radiotherapy in low and middle income countries – the silent crisis continues. 2015. Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol) 27: 107-14

 

Only 5% of global resources for cancer prevention and control are spent in LMICs.

Source: World Health Organization, Cancer prevention and control in the context of an integrated approach. Available from: http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/WHA70/A70_32-en.pdf

 

By 2040, the global demand for cancer chemotherapy will increase from 10 million to 15 million – two thirds of this demand is expected to come from patients living in LMICs

Source: The Lancet Oncology 2019.  Estimates of global chemotherapy demands and corresponding physician workforce requirements for 2018 and 2040: a population-based study. Available from: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(19)30163-9/fulltext 

Today, there are 43.8 million people who are alive within 5 years of a cancer diagnosis.

Source: Globocan 2018 World fact sheet. Available from: http://gco.iarc.fr/today/data/factsheets/populations/900-world-fact-sheets.pdf