New breast-cancer screening guidelines stoke debate over patient notification

9.6m lives lost last year

9.6m lives lost last year

Screening tests are available for breast, colon, prostate, cervical, lung and many other types of cancers.

Today (4 February) marks World Cancer Day, an initiative created to increase general awareness and raise funds for research into prevention, treatment and cure of this disease.

It's being led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and aims to inspire and encourage action from individuals, the health community, and governments to improve public awareness and access to early detection, screening, and diagnosis.

It is well accepted that screening saves lives, but in the United Kingdom we only now screen for three cancers; bowel, breast and cervical.

Obaseki gave the commendation on Monday in Benin City, in commemoration of the World Cancer Day, a day set aside by the World Health Organisation to draw global attention to the disease, review progress on treatment and management options with global stakeholders.

2018 recorded the highest number of new cases of cervical cancer in Rwanda.

According to World Health Organization, countries should have at least 70 per cent of their eligible women vaccinated against the human papilloma virus, the virus that causes the cancer.

But many experts aren't convinced the move to notify will translate into earlier cancer detection and fewer deaths.

The worldwide body says that more than 300,000 women die per year due to the cancer strain, and that the prevalence is largely down to completely unfounded fear-mongering. Health authorities routinely launch nationwide checks against cancer and last year's checks involved 7 million people examined for likely breast, cervical and colorectal cancers, Anadolu Agency reports.

Those drugs that do make it are usually only expected to add a few extra months to patients' lives- 2.7 months on an average.Each year the British public contributes an estimated £2.5bn towards the cost of researching and developing new treatments for cancer.

The writer is Consultant Medical Oncologist at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre.

When a cancer is detected at an early stage - and when coupled with appropriate treatment - the chance of survival beyond five years is dramatically higher than when detected at a later stage when the tumour has spread and the disease is more advanced.

It is also commensurate with the conviction that people in low- and middle-income countries should be at no greater risk of cancer and associated mortality than those anywhere else in the world.

Males or females, both should watch for any unusual changes in their body and energy levels in order to detect any early signs of cancer. With the disease being such a major health problem in the country, all hands must be on deck for prevention or early detection with a view to making cure and management possible.

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