WHO tasks countries on improved cancer services

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stressed the need to urgently improve cancer services in low-and middle-income countries.

The organisation made the call in a statement posted on its website on Tuesday to mark the World Cancer Day on February 4.

It warned that the world would see a 60 per cent increase in cancer cases over the next two decades, if current trends continue.

The WHO said that the greatest increase, which was an estimated 81 per cent in new cases, would occur in low-and middle-income countries, where survival rates were currently lowest.

“This is largely because these countries have had to focus limited health resources on combating infectious diseases and improving maternal and child health, while health services are not equipped to prevent, diagnose and treat…

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