On the 4th of February 2022 World cancer day is working to #CloseTheCareGap by raising awareness and uniting the world to beat cancer and the care gap which can divide so many of us.
Half the world’s population lacks access to the full range of essential health services (WHO, 2017). When it comes to cancer, many of us are denied basic care, despite the fact that we live in a time of awe-inspiring advancements in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
People who seek cancer care hit barriers at every turn. Income, education, geographical location and discrimination based on ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability and lifestyle are just a few of the factors that can negatively affect care. The most disadvantaged groups are also more likely to have increased exposures to a host of other risk factors, like tobacco, unhealthy diet or environmental hazards. This is the equity gap – and it’s costing lives.
What can we do ?
Educate ourselves, friends and family about cancer prevention
Equipping healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge around inequality in cancer care
Raise your voice in support for policy and government change
Find out more around Age, Gender, minority group, age, poverty, refugee, homophobia and trans related discrimination HERE.
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Union for International Cancer Control. (2022). World Cancer Day. World Cancer Day. Retrieved February 3, 2022, from https://www.worldcancerday.org/
WHO. (2017, December 13). World Bank and WHO: Half the world lacks access to essential health services, 100 million still pushed into extreme poverty because of health expenses. WHO | World Health Organization. Retrieved February 3, 2022, from https://www.who.int/news/item/13-12-2017-world-bank-and-who-half-the-world-lacks-access-to-essential-health-services-100-million-still-pushed-into-extreme-poverty-because-of-health-expenses