Cancer prevalence in Africa special focus of report
The high prevalence of cancer in Africa is a special focus of a report from the American Cancer Society.
According to the report, the incidence of cancer in Africa continues to increase, but receives little attention from a public health perspective.
A public health concern
In 2008 deaths from cancer in Africa totaled 512,400, with 681,000 new cases. According to the Global Cancer Facts & Figures 2nd edition, cancer in Africa may be receiving little attention from public health officials because of the prevalence of AIDS/HIV infection, malaria, and tuberculosis that take precedence and from limited resources.
Economic development in Africa a contributor to increase in cancer