Cancer prevalence in Africa special focus of report

2011-02-06 13:21

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.

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