the League against cancer points the finger at the inequalities of care and support in the face of cancer

Yasmina Kattou, edited by Julien Moreau

World Cancer Day has been organized for 23 years on February 4 by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). The theme of the year 2023 is: “For fairer care”. Indeed, the League against cancer has carried out a study demonstrating the inequality of access to care for this disease.

World Cancer Day is an initiative of the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), the largest international organization, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). On this day, countries mobilize to promote prevention, encourage research and change the way this disease is viewed. This year, the theme for World Cancer Day is “For fairer care”. Indeed, the UICC would like the training of health professionals working in disciplines related to the fight against cancer to improve considerably. Especially in poor and developing countries.

Unequal access to care

In France too, the health system is starting to run out of steam. Medical deserts are multiplying and inequalities, already strong, are worsening. Today, when taking charge, the French are not all equal. “There are inequalities in access to care that persist in the territory”, explained Emmanuel Ricard, prevention delegate for the League against cancer.

The League Against Cancer has decided to point out these inequalities in care and support for this disease. According to a study they conducted, the least qualified people and economically fragile people are twice less diagnosed through organized screenings. Unfortunately, the diagnoses are logically later, the treatments heavier, and the chances of survival reduced.

The ambitions of the UICC

The International Union Against Cancer has several ambitions on World Cancer Day. For 2025, the objectives are multiple, such as a desire for a significant reduction in tobacco consumption, a reduction in the number of overweight people, an end to unhealthy diets, a reduction in alcohol consumption and a reduction in exposure to other factors that can cause cancer.

Source: Europe1

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