How are Developing and Develop Countries facing Cancer?
by AliciaFoisy on October 2, 2017 - 9:26pm
Everyone knows about cancer, everyone will face it in its life, no matter what. It’s closer and way more probable that we may think, either it’s a dad, a mom, a sister, a brother, a daughter. Cancer rates are increasing within the years, what’s the cause, how will developing countries face this major problem, cancer? The article, http://www.cancer.ca/en/about-us/for-media/media-releases/quebec/2015/canadian-cancer-statistics-2015/?region=qc, shows how’s cancer rates increasing within the years. This one article, http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2015/02/04/why-are-cancer-rates-..., shows why the cancer rates are increasing. This one guides us through the reality of developing countries facing cancer, http://www.inctr.org/about-inctr/cancer-in-developing-countries/. How are developing countries facing this issue, cancer, compared to countries who already are developed?
We have to face the reality, cancer is touching more and more people every year. A report that was released by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), Canadian Cancer Statistics 2015, shows that the number of people touched by cancer will rise to minimum 35% within the next 15 years. This means that around 2030, 67 000 people would be given a diagnostic of cancer, we are at 50 000 this year, for a number of 17 000 more people in only 15 years. Quebec is worried and wants to be prepared, said Suzanne Dubois, ‘‘Such a dramatic rise in the number of cancer cases will have a major repercussion on our healthcare system.’’ The government will have to priories ‘‘the fight against cancer’’ that will touch our society way faster than we could imagine.
The number just keeps growing and we barely know why. The reason for this growing number of cancer cases will surprise more than one individual, it is mainly because of age, there is actually older people than young people in our populations. Most of us live longer which is the actual problem. However, it isn’t because of plastic bottles, mobile phones or deodorant spray that lead to more cancer cases. The reason is simple because people are older, they have more time, so more chances for genetic mistakes to develop in our cells and because cancer is a disease of our genes which over time mistakes gets accumulate in this code (DNA). It’s these mistakes that lead to a cell becoming cancerous. It’s because the number of people touched by cancer increase that there is more death, but there is a process, people are beating cancer today like never before. But despite the fact that they are beating it, more are getting this disease which brings us to the same first place we were. It has been calculated that one person on two will develop cancer, or at some point in their life will face it. Let’s keep in mind that there are things we can control and some we can’t, ‘‘They include our lifestyle, our genetics & family history, our exposure to viruses, the job we do, the air we breathe – and they can all play different roles in our overall risk of developing the disease.’’
In Quebec, Canada, we have the chance to be one of those developed countries, we have to keep in mind that many countries are in development. How are developing countries facing cancer, compared to countries who already are developed? The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that within the years' cancer would surpass ischemic heart disease as the first cause of death in the world. In developing countries, survival rates are much lower compared to the developed ones, mostly because of the delays in diagnosis. ‘‘Poor patients receive affordable (by their standards) or available treatment rather than optimal treatment, and those with little chance of benefiting from cancer treatment, or without financial support, are not infrequently sent home to die – without even the comfort of palliative care’’, something we wouldn’t be seeing in Quebec, of other develop places. In Quebec, there’s a healthcare insurance, something not every country may have access to.
We have a problem, either way, we can’t stop the population from growing and we can’t help every developing country. In both situations, the issues are big ones, and we have to treat them. Be more aware and adapt our plans to each situation, develop and developing countries. Both facing it a different way, but still both facing it.