cancer

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Soaring obesity rates, sustainable development funding alliance, new UN office to support Haiti

A recap of Wednesday’s main stories: Poor global diets triggering obesity; cancer incidents expected to rise indicates new 'atlas'; CEOs join UN to tackle SDG funding; New UN Mission launches in Haiti; to blend better into Big Apple life, NYC restaurant gives migrants, refugees and fresh start.

News in Brief 16 October 2019

  • New UN political mission in Haiti
  • Global cancer cases expected to spiral
  • End cycle of violence against rights defenders
Audio -
3'1"

Groundbreaking cancer-fighting drugs now included in updated UN list of essential medicines

The UN health agency, WHO, announced on Tuesday that dozens of new drugs have been added to the list of essential medicines that every country should have, including new cancer treatments that can be swallowed rather than injected.

New life-prolonging cancer medicines added to list of essential treatments

Groundbreaking cancer treatments and medicines used to help mothers who’ve just given birth, are just two of the essential health products that all countries around the world should be providing, UN experts said on Tuesday.

Audio -
7'10"

Country origin ‘best predictor of outcome’ for children with cancer, UN experts say

Each year, an estimated 215 000 cancers are diagnosed in children under-15, and about 85 000 cancers in those aged 15–19 years, the cancer research agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

World Cancer Day: Early cervical cancer diagnosis could save lives of over 300,000 women

Cervical cancer kills more than 300,000 women every year, with one woman diagnosed every minute, despite the fact that it is one of the most preventable and curable forms of the disease.

News In Brief 12 September 2018

  • Cancer “a growing global threat”: IARC
  • Stronger response needed to threats against peacekeepers: UN peacekeeping chief
  • Exposing workers to toxic substances a “vicious form of exploitation”: UN expert
Audio -
3'10"

Cancer is a growing global threat and prevention is key, UN study shows

More than 18 million new cases of cancer are expected this year and it’s estimated that 9.6 million people will die from various forms of the disease in 2018, the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said on Wednesday.

Obese people more likely to smoke, says new gene research: WHO

New research indicates that people who are genetically prone to being overweight have a higher risk of taking up smoking - and they are likely to smoke more than average — UN scientists said on Wednesday.

Obese people more likely to smoke, says new gene research: WHO

New research indicates that people who are genetically prone to being overweight have a higher risk of being a smoker, and they are likely to smoke more than average, according to a World Health Organization agency whose study has identified for the first time around 70 genes that could explain this behaviour.

Audio -
3'58"