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An Illinois elementary school held a surprise rainbow parade to celebrate 8-year-old Reese Siler's return to class. Students dressed up in the colors of the rainbow — Reese's favorite — after his last chemotherapy treatment for brain cancer. CGTN's Rachelle Akuffo spoke to Dr. Azra Raza about the state of U.S. cancer research and treatment during World Cancer Day. The World Health Organization says the number of people suffering from cancer is likely to rise sharply in the coming years. The warning is included in a report the organization has released for World Cancer Day. The good news is that more research, better treatment and chemotherapy options, and programs to prevent cancer could help save lives over the next decade. Cancer killed an estimated 9-point-6 million people in 2018. Only heart disease causes more deaths. The most frequently diagnosed forms of cancer are lung cancer and breast cancer, each responsible for just under 12 percent of all cases. They're followed by colorectal cancers at around 10 percent. Smoking tobacco tops the list of preventable causes of cancer deaths. It's followed by an unhealthy diet, obesity and lack of exercise. Most of us probably know someone affected by cancer.
However, your chance of beating the disease depends greatly on where you live.
The World Health Organization is marking World Cancer Day by highlighting what it calls 'unacceptable inequalities' between rich and poor nations.
It says cancer services are available in the public health systems of nine out of 10 wealthy countries.
Compare that to less than 15 percent - or one in seven - low income countries.
Poorer people are less likely to know about cancer risks, and can't afford the high costs of treatment.
So what can be done to bridge the gap?
Presenter: Nick Clark
Andre Ilbawi - Technical Officer of Cancer Control at the World Health Organization
Nitesh Rohatgi - Oncologist and Associate Director of Medical Oncology at Max Healthcare Delhi.
Cary Adams - Chief Executive of the Union for International Cancer Control