WHO forecasts an 81% increase in cancer in the poorest countries

GENEVA: The UN health agency warned on Tuesday Cancer the cases would increase by 81 in low and middle income by 2040 due to the lack of investment in prevention and care.

The World Health Organization, based in Geneva ( WHO ) said in a report that these countries had focused their limited resources on combating infectious and improving maternal and child health instead of fighting Cancer . It said they often had the highest Cancer mortality too.

"This is a wake-up call to all of us to tackle the unacceptable inequalities between Cancer services in rich and poor countries," Ren Minghui, a WHO assistant director general, said in the report.

If people have access to primary care and referral systems, then Cancer puede detectarse temprano, tratarse eficazmente y curarse. El Cancer no deberĂ­a ser una sentencia de muerte para nadie, en ningĂșn lugar , dijo.

The report, timed to coincide with World Cancer Day, said an investment of $25 billion (23 billion euros) over the next decade could save seven million lives from Cancer .

"Controlling Cancer does not have to be expensive," Andre Ilbawi, of the WHO 's department for management of non-communicable diseases, told journalists.

The annual report found that overall Cancer cases in the world would rise by 60 percent by 2040 and said tobacco use was responsible for 25 percent of Cancer deaths.

Elisabete Weiderpass, director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which works with the WHO , said better Cancer treatment in high-income countries had resulted in a 20-percent drop in mortality between 2000 and 2015.

But in the poorest countries, the reduction was only five percent.

We need to see everyone benefit equally, he said.

While Cancer had long been considered a disease of wealthy countries, this was no longer the case, the report said. It pointed out that one in five people worldwide would face a Cancer diagnosis in their lifetime.

It's a global burden, said Ren.