Alarming rise of cancer cases in Romania


According to president of Federation of Associations of Cancer Patients, there are 78,800 new cases of cancer each year in Romania.

The number of new cancer cases reported each year in our country went up by 4.000 compared to 2008, reveals the latest report of the International Agency of Cancer Research – GLOBOCAN 2012, according to Adevarul.ro. “There are 78,800 new cases of cancer each year in Romania. The lung cancer is the most frequent in our country, followed by the bowel cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and cervical cancer,” stressed Cezar Irimia, president of the Federation of Cancer Patients Associations (FACB), during an event marking the World Cancer Day on February 4. Besides, the GLOBOCAN 2012 report (valid for 2012 as well and released late last year), indicated that the risk of getting cancer prior to 75 years for Romanians is 28 per cent among men and 19.1 per cent among women. The cancer death toll is also nothing to be proud of, 48,300 cases each year.
Although progress has been reported in Romania regarding the elimination of the waiting lists at oncology cabinets, “at this moment, the lists have been remade and the cancer patients are waiting for treatment between several weeks and several months on average,” according to Irimia.
The treatment of cancer patients does not lack only new medication, but also it severely lacks radiotherapy equipment. “Radiotherapy provides treatment for only 12 per cent of the patients,” stressed the FABC president. The solution has no immediate solution, and CNAS president Cristian Busoi proposes either the same solution as for dialysis, in which case the state covers the whole expenses of the patients in the private system where radiotherapy of high performance is provided, or major investments in public hospitals.
WHO: Cancer cases tipped to rise 57% in 20 years in imminent ‘human disaster’
Cancer cases are expected to surge 57% worldwide in the next 20 years, an imminent “human disaster” that will require a renewed focus on prevention to combat, according to the World Health Organization, CNN reports. The World Cancer Report, produced by the WHO’s specialized cancer agency, predicts new cancer cases will rise from an estimated 14 million in 2012 to 22 million annually within two decades. Over the same period, cancer deaths are tipped to rise from 8.2 million a year to 13 million annually. The rising incidence of cancer, brought about by growing, aging populations worldwide, will require a heavier focus on preventive public health policies, said Christopher Wild, director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

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