Face to face with chronic disease: Cancer

WHO/Marko Kokic
WHO/Marko Kokic
Two years ago, Miriame Nnamusoke was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

WHO estimates that 7.6 million people died of cancer in 2005 - representing 13% of deaths worldwide. Between 2005 and 2015, 84 million more people could die if urgent action is not taken. Cancer is not simply or even primarily a problem of rich countries. More than 70% of all cancer deaths occur in low and middle income countries.

Noemia Vicente Ribeiro from Brazil and Miriame Nnamusoke from Uganda are both battling cancer. Their personal stories show the tragic reality of cancer in poor countries and its strong impact on people and their families.

These two stories are the latest in the series "Face to face with chronic disease" focusing on people living with heart disease, stroke, cancer and other chronic diseases.

Photo stories

Miriame's story
The financial burden of cancer treatment has exhausted Miriame's savings and forced her daughter to leave school

Noemia's story
Over-exposure to the sun's harmful rays has led to skin cancer on Noemia's legs. It could have been prevented by simply keeping out of direct sunlight

More than 40% of all cancers are preventable, mainly by not using tobacco, having a healthy diet and being physically active. WHO calls on all its Member States to intensify action against cancer by developing and reinforcing cancer control programmes. Its publication Cancer control: knowledge into action, WHO guide for effective programmes, a series of six modules, offers guidance for countries on all important aspects of effective cancer control planning and implementation.

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