Mrs. Jeannette Kagame said that the people of the world should not be calm while there are no stable and effective measures in the fight against cancer.
She highlighted this on 16 October 2023, in a message she started at the International Cancer Research Council, IUCC World Cancer Leaders’ Summit. It took place in the city of Long Beach in the State of California in the United States.
The UICC [Union for International Cancer Control] brings together people from all walks of life to reduce the burden of cancer on society, promote cooperation and support the creation of strategies to help control this disease worldwide.
The conference is held every two years to bring the world’s key decision makers into the fight against cancer.
This year, it was attended by more than 350 people including leaders from different levels of government, decision makers, company leaders, leaders in cancer advocacy companies, hospitalists, researchers, representatives of UN departments, heads of state and health ministers from over 100 countries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that cancer is the leading cause of death in the world, with an estimated 10 million deaths in 2020. At least one in six deaths worldwide they die of cancer.
The leading cancer killers are breast, lung, stomach, colon and prostate cancers.
WHO reports that every year, 400,000 children are diagnosed with cancer, with cervical cancer being the most common in 23 countries.
At least 1/3 of all cancer deaths are caused by factors including smoking, alcohol consumption, not getting enough fruit and vegetables and not getting enough exercise.
In Rwanda, the leading cancers in Rwanda include cervical, breast, colon, prostate and stomach.
Madam Jeannette Kagame pointed out that in the collaboration of different institutions, there are appropriate solutions that would help countries to win the fight against cancer.
She said that no one knows the severity of cancer, and expressed concern that there are still few people who have access to treatment.
Madam Jeannette Kagame said that everyone has the right to have access to safe and reliable medical care, asking that the world needs to improve the way everyone has access to medicine in times of need.
“That’s why we have to deal with the weaknesses in our treatment that lead to this kind of abuse,” She said.
Madam Jeannette Kagame expressed that it is unfortunate that among those who died of cancer in 2020, about four million could have been treated and cured.
She pointed out that the time has come for the whole world to stand up and join hands in the fight against cancer.