Challenges: Cancer Control in Developing Countries
Cancer is a global problem accounting for almost 13 percent of all deaths worldwide in 2015. This equates to over 7 million people a year, more than is caused by HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria combined. Of the estimated 7.6 million cancer deaths worldwide in 2014, 62 percent were in developing countries. Given the population boom and aging of the population in developing countries, Parkin et al have projected a 75% increase in cancer incidence in developing world between the year 2000 and 2020.
Now is the time to strengthen the health systems of developing countries to deal with cancer, to avoid a future crisis similar to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We feel the only way to overcome the growing burden of cancer in the developing world is working in partnership with significant organization such as Non-Governmental Organization, International Non-Governmental Organization, Transnational Governmental Bodies and Governmental Bodies and infrastructure is required to prevent, screen, treat and palliate cancer. As a result, the implications to health services delivery in developing countries are enormous.