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Go for prevention, early diagnosis, prompt treatment and palliative care for people with cancer: WHO urges world community
Coordinated by WHO, World Cancer Day is going to observed across the globe on February 4 to create awareness about early detection and treatment of cancer which is currently responsible for almost one in six deaths globally.

According to WHO, 'cancer no longer needs to be a death sentence, as the capacity exists to reduce its burden and improve the survival and quality of life of people living with the disease' and 'all countries can do more to prevent and treat cancer.'

Who has been laying stress on cancer prevention and control in the context of an integrated approach that lays out a clear road map to realize the potential for prevention, early diagnosis, prompt treatment and palliative care for people with cancer.

WHO has urged various governments to enact evidence-based risk-reducing strategies such as imposing higher taxes on tobacco and alcohol, promoting healthy diets and physical activity, and advocating for access to HPV vaccination. "Approximately 30-50% of cancers can be prevented if these policies are maximally implemented," holds WHO.

Further, WHO on its website informs that detecting cancer early also greatly reduces cancer's financial impact since not only is the cost of treatment much less in cancer's early stages, but people can also continue to work and support their families if they can access effective treatment in time.

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