BBC News – Cancer: Not only a rich-world disease

A good vignette of cancer care in Uganda (and by extension, other developing countries). Largest killer in developing countries according to the article, although funding less than other developing country diseases (TB, malaria, HIV/AIDS). Quote:

In some tribal languages, there is no word for it. “They don’t have early diagnosis. They don’t actually even know that they have cancer,” he [Dr. Jackson Orem] says.

And most don’t see the value of seeking care. “Once you are diagnosed with cancer, they think that it’s already a death sentence.”

They’re partly right. Most people don’t see a doctor until the very last stages of cancer. At that point, no hospital anywhere could do much for them.

BBC News – Cancer: Not only a rich-world disease.

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