MYTH or FACT: Cancer costs the world’s economy more than any other disease.
The economic cost of “lost life years” due to cancer is $895 billion. Cancer costs more in years lost to death and disability than any other disease. LIVESTRONG is working with global partners to ensure that cancer becomes a global priority.
MYTH or FACT: All cancers are preventable.
While not all cancers can be prevented, healthy lifestyle choices—such as not smoking, regular exercise and wearing sunscreen—can reduce your risk of cancer.
MYTH or FACT: Every year, HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis each kill more people than cancer.
Actually, cancer kills more people than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. It’s crucial that all of these diseases be treated, and in fact, much of the same infrastructure already in place will also work to prevent cancer and save lives.
MYTH or FACT: Your chances of surviving cancer are the same no matter where you live.
There is a large disparity in survival rates between rich and poor countries. In Canada, 12% of children with cancer will die; yet, in the poorest 25 countries in the world, 90% of children with cancer die. Visit LIVESTRONG.org/DeliveringHope to learn more about how LIVESTRONG is working to improve access to care.
MYTH or FACT: Because of greater exposure to industrial pollution, processed foods and electromagnetic radiation, more people die of cancer in high-income countries than in low-and-middle income countries.
70% of all cancer deaths occur in developing nations. Effective tools and life-saving strategies already exist—we must act now to implement them. From Haiti to Jordan, LIVESTRONG is teaming up with local partners on the ground and proving that we can save lives and help survivors today.
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