1.5 Million Premature Cancer Deaths Could be Prevented per Year if Targets Set to Reduce NCDs are Met by 2025

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1.5 Million Premature Cancer Deaths Could be Prevented per Year if Targets Set to Reduce
NCDs are Met by 2025

World Cancer Day: GENEVA, Switzerland, February 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

          On World Cancer Day, UICC and International Agency for Research on Cancer 

                     (IARC) reveal real-life impact of achieving goal  

    The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and the International Agency for
Research on Cancer (IARC) today announced that 1.5 million lives which would be lost to
cancer, could be saved per year if decisive measures are taken to achieve the World
Health Organization's (WHO) '25 by 25' target; to reduce premature deaths due to
non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025.[i]  

    Currently, 7.6 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4
million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years).[i] So unless urgent action is
taken to raise awareness about the disease and to develop practical strategies to
address cancer, by 2025, this is projected to increase to an alarming 6 million
premature cancer deaths per year.  

    "The estimate of 1.5 million lives lost per year to cancer that could be prevented
must serve to galvanise our efforts in implementing the World Health Organization's
(WHO) '25 by 25' target," said Dr Christopher Wild, Director of IARC. "There is now a
need for a global commitment to help drive advancements in policy and encourage
implementation of comprehensive National Cancer Control Plans. If we are to succeed in
this, we have a collective responsibility to support low- and middle-income countries
who are tackling a cancer epidemic with insufficient resources."  

    The 1.5 million lives lost per year represent 25% of the estimated 6 million
premature cancer deaths that will occur by 2025, and the 6 million figure is itself
based on population projections of current numbers and aging.[1]  

    On World Cancer Day, UICC and its members are urging the public and governments
alike to speak out with one voice to dispel damaging myths and misconceptions on cancer.
Under the theme "Cancer - Did you know?" individuals and communities are encouraged to
shed light on four key cancer 'myths' and the corresponding 'truth' via the UICC World
Cancer Day App. Download the App and play your part in reducing the unacceptable burden
of cancer https://apps.facebook.com/world_cancer_day  

        
        1) Myth: Cancer is just a health issue
             - Truth: Cancer is not just a health issue. It has wide reaching social,
             economic, development and human rights implications
        2) Myth: Cancer is a disease of the wealthy, elderly and developed countries
             - Truth: Cancer is a global epidemic, affecting all ages and socio-economic
             groups, with developing countries bearing a disproportionate burden
        3) Myth: Cancer is a Death sentence
             - Truth: many cancers that were once considered a death sentence can now be
             cured and for many more people their cancer can now be treated effectively
        4) Myth: Cancer is my fate
             - With the right strategies, at least 30% of cancer cases can be prevented
             based on current knowledge


    Cary Adams, CEO UICC said, "This World Cancer Day UICC, its members and partners
urge everyone from individuals to governments to take a stand against damaging myths on
cancer. By truly understanding this deadly disease, governments can develop appropriate
strategies to reduce premature deaths and reach the WHO '25 by 25' goal. The figures
today announced by IARC and UICC reveal the fundamental human value of achieving this
target. 1.5 million people saved from an early death due to cancer is equal to the
entire populations of Philadelphia, Auckland, Barcelona or Maputo each and every year." 


    For more information on how you can get involved and take action against cancer,
visit worldcancerday.org.  

    About World Cancer Day  

    World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February and is the single initiative
under which the UICC, its members, partners and the entire world can unite together in
the fight against the global cancer epidemic.  

    Follow events on twitter - http://twitter.com/UICC, #WorldCancerDay, or Facebook -
http://www.facebook.com/worldcancerday  

    About UICC  

    UICC is the leading international non-governmental organisation dedicated to the
prevention and control of cancer worldwide. http://www.uicc.org  

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    1. It should also be stressed that this assumes the 25% reduction in overall
mortality is spread in an even proportion across the main NCDs (cancer, cardiovascular
disease, chronic lung diseases and diabetes). This is actually not necessary for the '25
by 25' target to be met, as there could be more progress on cardiovascular disease than
on cancer, for example.  

    i. GLOBOCAN - online resource. IARC. 2013.   

Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) & International Agency for Research on
Cancer (IARC)

CONTACT:  Media contacts: UICC Press Relations, Laura Korgaonkar, Email:
laura.k@toniclc.com , Tel: +44-207-798-9928 / +44-7985-540-319
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