Komorebi Post– The immense burden of Cancer continues to be experienced, as the second leading cause of death globally. According to World Health Organization (WHO) around 9 million individuals died in 2018, more than two thirds of these deaths were documented in low- and middle- income countries.
Although recent achievements through advanced research and discoveries about cancer are inspiring, inaccessibility to treatment remains a fundamental problem. In most Western countries, availability of different cancer treatments, translates to increasing survival rates and consequently altering the uncurable element to cancer, thus introducing the immunotherapy (granted Nobel prize in medicine) to many patients. Nevertheless, presentation in late stages and inaccessible diagnosis and treatment are also widespread; only 35 percent of low-income countries reported having pathology services generally available in the public sector.
For this theme, we posted eighteen articles presented and narrated by cancer survivors and their families, parents who lost a child to cancer, doctors, journalists, and bloggers. Feature stories reflected on the hardships cancer patients endure to get treatment, as in Kenya, Afghanistan and Gaza Palestine. Additionally, several personal narrated stories were also courageously shared to inspire others.
One of the common elements of the global challenges is the importance of awareness and early detections of cancer, we at Komorebi post join forces with many global initiatives and calls to make a personal commitment to reduce the global cancer burden as “I Am and I Will” campaigns launched by the Union for International Cancer Control.
I hope these articles, contribute to raising awareness about cancer, globally.