n South African Medical Journal - Why is cancer not a priority in South Africa? : editorial

Volume 105, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Every year on our planet, 8.2 million people die of cancer. That number equals the population of a whole country such as Rwanda, Austria or Haiti. By 2050 it is estimated that the figure will more than double to approximately 17.5 million. As personal incomes increase in the developing world, lifestyles evolve towards the pattern seen in high-income populations, with obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, air pollution and smoking, all of which increase the risk of cancer. Already around 60% of all new cancer cases and 70% of related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

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