Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, a leading breast cancer campaigner, and President of the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC), has underscored the need for hard work towards the reduction of cancer related deaths by 25 percent by 2025.
She was speaking at a ceremony to mark the World Cancer Day held in Kumasi, yesterday [Sunday].
She said another area of great concern is ‘’treatment for all’’- meaning irrespective of the location of an individual, he/she should receive treatment.
Dr. Addai indicated that non-communicable diseases including cancer kill 40 million people each year, equivalent to 70% of all deaths globally.
It is also estimated that, 8.8 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years).
The World Cancer Day is a truly global event held every year on 4 February. The World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.
It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.
The event is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise the profile of cancer in people’s minds and in the world’s media.