publication date: Feb. 6, 2015

UICC: Adding $18 Billion a Year Could Drop Cancer Deaths By 30% in Poorer Countries


New data projects that an $18 billion increase in funding per year by the international community could result in a 30 percent reduction in cancer deaths in low- and middle-income countries by 2030.

On World Cancer Day 2015, held annually Feb. 4, public health experts from the Union for International Cancer Control said that millions of lives can be saved through affordable increases in the investment into cancer services throughout the world.

• Increased annual international community funding of $18 billion globally could save three million lives per year by 2030 and many more in succeeding decades, through prevention, earlier detection and improved care.

• Increased funding will also provide pain relief to ease the deaths of millions who will die of cancer during this period.

• A tripling of tobacco taxes alone would raise tax revenue available to governments to $400 billion annually, and could encourage one-third of smokers to quit, according to new figures.

“More than eight million people a year die from cancer, of which more than 60 percent of those deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries, the majority in the middle-income segment,” Tezer Kutluk, president of UICC, said in a statement.

“The absolute number of cancer cases in developing countries is set to rise dramatically because of population growth and aging, so action must be taken now. Whilst the US$18 billion package is affordable for many countries, it’s unrealistic to expect the world’s poorest nations to contribute to this investment without international support.”

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