We are facing an epidemic of non-communicable diseases which have become the leading causes of death worldwide.
What are non-communicable diseases?
Non-communicable diseases, also known as NCDs, are diseases that are not infectious or contagious. They include cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and lung diseases.
Why are they such a big problem?
NCDs kill 1 out of every 3 people in the world today. This crisis is not only ending lives unnecessarily early, but it is having serious implications on economic development and poverty reduction. 36 million people died from an NCD in the last year, and more than 360 million persons who will lose their lives to NCD’s in the next decade
Aren't they more prevalent in the developed world?
This is a common misconception. In fact, 80% of the total deaths in the world from NCDs occur in low and middle-income countries.
Does that mean that cancer is also more common in developing countries?
As it stands today, 5 million people in the developing world die each year as a result of cancer. By 2020, the developing world will bear 75% of the cancer burden, and yet receive only 5% of global funding. This means that most people in the developing world who are diagnosed with cancer don’t have adequate access or the financial means to proper treatment.
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