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WHO warns of increase in cancer cases in the African region

Praia, Feb 5 (Inforpress) – The World Health Organization (WHO) regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, warned of increase in the number of cancer cases, which has doubled in the African Region.

The World Day Against Cancer, which is observed this Thursday and under the theme “I am and I will”, marks, according to WHO, the end of a three-year campaign has sought to reduce fear around cancer, improve understanding of the disease and change behaviors and attitudes towards it.

“In the past 20 years, the number of new cancer cases has more than doubled in the African Region, from 338.000 reported cases in 2002 to almost 846.000 cases in 2020, the most common of which is breast, cervical cancer, prostate, intestine, colon, rectum and liver, ”said Matshidiso Moeti, stressing that the risk factors associated with cancer include old age and family history, tobacco and alcohol consumption, among others.

The official, who revealed that the African Region has the highest burden of cervical cancer among WHO regions, also stressed that the adoption, in 2020, by the World Health Assembly, of the Global Strategy to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer was of “great relevance”.

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