Geneva, Switzerland — In the build up to World Cancer Day 2018 this Sunday, a report conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer released yesterday shows that a staggering $46 billion is wasted in lost productivity due to premature cancer deaths in emerging markets.
The report is the first to look into the cost of lost productivity caused by premature cancer deaths in BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). BRICS countries account for a quarter of global GDP and 42 percent of global cancer deaths
Commenting on the “Productivity losses due to premature mortality from cancer in Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS)” report in Cancer Epidemiology, Cary Adams, BSc, MBA, CEO of the Union for International Cancer Control, said:
Also appearing this week in The Lancet medical journal, the CONCORD- 3 study highlights the difference in survival rates between countries that invest comprehensively across cancer care, treatment and services as opposed to those without strong cancer prevention strategies and underfunded cancer service programmes
Commenting on the “Global surveillance of trends in cancer survival 2000–14 (CONCORD-3)” report in The Lancet, professor Sanchia Aranda, president of UICC and CEO of Cancer Council Australia, said:
On Sunday, February 4, World Cancer Day is focused on raising awareness of the millions of people worldwide facing unequal access to cancer detection, treatment, and care services. With cancer leaders, health professionals and supporters across the world pushing for urgent action to reduce the rate of premature cancer deaths globally, the day calls for diagnostic and treatment access to be prioritised.
The World Health Organization’s global target of a 25 percent reduction in premature deaths from cancer and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 2025 is possible. However, to deliver on this global commitment, the current inequities in risk factor exposure, and in access to screening, early detection and timely and appropriate treatment and care, must be addressed.
This article was published on February 3, 2018, by the Union for International Cancer Control. It is republished with permission.