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Health in Africa: Time to wake up to cancer's toll

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 13 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:904
  1. Scott A Murray (, reader,
  2. Elizabeth Grant, research fellow,
  3. Faith Mwangi-Powell, executive director
  1. Primary Palliative Care Research Group, Division of Community Health Sciences; General Practice, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9DX
  2. African Palliative Care Association (APCA), PO Box 72518, Kampala, Uganda

    EDITOR—As exemplified by your theme issue on Africa of 1 October, cancer has remained comparatively neglected in Africa although increasingly prevalent: 70% of people with cancer live in the economically developing world, where by 2020 the annual death toll is predicted to reach 20 million.1

    In sub-Saharan Africa measures to prevent cancer emphasised in …

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