Every year, two out of every three people die from diseases called non-communicable – abbreviated as NCDs – which we know of as heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and cancer.
NCDs kill 9 million people under the age of 60 annually. And 90 percent of NCD cases occur in the developing world.
For cancer, the number of annual cases stands at 12 million. Approximately 2.8 million of these cancers are preventable through diet, exercise, and weight management, according to new estimates released by AICR and its partners in the World Cancer Research Fund global network.
On September 19 and 20, the United Nations (UN) will hold a Summit on NCDs in what is only the second time in the UN’s history that a health issue is receiving such high levels of global attention. (The last issue was AIDS.)
You can learn more about the Summit and how you can get involved in today’s issue of Cancer Research Update.