Not Beyond Us. This is the theme of . But how will we achieve it? Cancer can seem insurmountable. The global cancer burden is great. In 2012, 8.2 million people died from cancer-related causes—most of them in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America, which experiences more cases and more deaths than anywhere else: 60 percent of the 14 million new cancer cases annually and . The same countries bearing the brunt of the cancer burden have the fewest resources to tackle it.
Still we know and remind one another today, the 4th of February: We can and must stop vaccine-preventable cancers and reduce preventable cancer deaths. We must reduce the cancer inequities.
Cancer, you are not beyond us.
Among women, cervical cancer is one of the deadliest -- and most easily preventable -- cancers. Women in the developing world account for 85 percent of the 270,000 deaths every year. Yet we know that effective prevention, treatment and care are possible.