Reducing risk factors can prevent one-third of cancer cases: WHO

4 February 2016

About one-third of cancer cases can be prevented by limiting tobacco use, lowering alcohol consumption and doing more exercise.

That’s according to the World Health Organization (WHO) which predicts global cancer cases will rise to more than 20 million annually over the next two decades.

The UN agency is calling for improved health coverage for cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on World Cancer Day, observed this Thursday, 4 February.

Mamadou Alpha Diallo has been speaking to Dr Ophira Ginsburg, Medical Officer in the NCD Department at WHO in Geneva.

Duration: 2’40”

 

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