In the lead up to the World Cancer Day 2019, let us review if we are on track to reduce cancer disease burden and prevent premature deaths? 193 countries had committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among which is to reduce disease and death burden due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer by one-third by 2030 (and 25% by 2025).
Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally (cardiovascular diseases or CVDs are the top killers). Estimated 9.6 million people died due to cancer in 2018. Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer, responsible for 22% of cancer deaths. The annual economic cost of cancer in 2010 was US$ 1.16 trillion.
Two most common cancers according to the WHO are lung cancer (2.09 million cases and 1.76 million deaths in 2018) and breast cancer (2.09 million cases and 627,000 deaths in 2018).
DATE: Friday, 1st February 2019
TIME: 1pm - 2pm Geneva time
PANEL OF EXPERTS:
* THUY KHUC-BILON, World Cancer Day Campaign Manager at UICC (International Union Against Cancer)
* Dr NGUYEN VIET NHUNG, Director, National Lung Hospital, Vietnam; head of Vietnam's National TB programme; and honorary Associate Professor, University of Sydney, Australia
* Prof SURYA KANT, noted tobacco control advocate; Head of Respiratory Medicine Department, KGMU; President elect of National College of Chest Physicians (India); past President Indian Chest Society
* Dr POOJA RAMAKANT, noted breast cancer expert; Associate Professor, Department of Endocrine Surgery, King George's Medical University (KGMU); Associate Editor, Indian Journal of Surgery; and past member Editorial Board of Indian Association of Endocrine Surgeons (IAES)
* ASHOK RAMSARUP (Moderator), award winning journalist and former Senior Producer, SABC
* SHOBHA SHUKLA (Moderator), Editor-in-Chief, CNS
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