Health Minister reports actual number of cancer patients in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

In 2019, 35% of malignant neoplasms were detected at the third and fourth stages of the disease
12:57, 20 January 2021

Ukraine's Healthcare Minister

To date, more than one million people in Ukraine are diagnosed with cancer. At the same time, up to 80,000 people die from it annually. This was announced by Healthcare Minister Maksym Stepanov during a briefing.

"The number of people suffering from cancer in Ukraine is now more than one million. Every year, cancer causes up to 80,000 deaths," said Stepanov.

He added that 35% of malignant neoplasms had been detected at the third and fourth stages of the disease in 2019.

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"Such indicators demonstrate a lack of awareness of the malignant neoplasms' symptoms both among primary care physicians and the population," added the official.

As we reported earlier, according to Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization, Marianjela Simao, 46 countries have officially begun the vaccination process against Covid-19.

The official also noted that the global COVAX mechanism was intended to correct the situation so that vaccination against Covid began in low-income countries as well.

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