Shenzhen: Cancer patients, particularly in developing regions, are in dire need of painkillers and affordable drugs, experts said."It`s shocking and shameful the number of people who suffer needlessly because of the lack of access to analgesics," John Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society, said on the sidelines of the World Cancer Congress in Shenzhen.According to the World Health Organization, some five billion people now live in countries with limited or no access to controlled medicines that relieve pain. Many anti-cancer drugs are also very costly and out of reach of many people.
There will be an estimated 15 million new cases in 2020, with the developing world carrying 60 percent of that burden.The American Cancer Society and Livestrong launched a joint report this week which estimated the total economic impact of premature death and disability from cancer worldwide at USD 895 billion, excluding direct treatment costs.Bureau Report
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