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'Step up public awareness to help in Cancer fight'

Published:Friday | February 7, 2014 | 2:24 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Jamaica Cancer Society says a new research which predicts 24 million cases of cancer globally each year by 2035, should result in a ramped up comprehensive national prevention strategy.




Currently 14 million people are told they have cancer worldwide each year.



Earlier this week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) published its latest cancer study which said the developing world will bear the brunt of a tidal wave of cancer cases, which could be prevented.



It said the global cancer burden is increasing predominately because of the ageing of the populations and population growth.



The WHO said the cost of treatment of cancers is spiralling out of control, even for the high-income countries and that prevention is being neglected.



Executive director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Yulit Gordon, said the study should not create confusion and fear, but should jolt stakeholders to step up public awareness as a prevention tool.



She pointed to obesity among high school children and adult males' cultural reluctance in testing for prostate cancer as two issues in the society that present concerns in the fight against the disease.



The WHO has said there was now a real need to focus on cancer prevention by tackling smoking, obesity and drinking.



It also said there was an alarming level of naivety about the role of diet in cancer.



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