Epidemiological studies predict that there will be more than 1 million new cases per year in Africa by 2020 while treatment options available today are already insufficient.
More than 30 african countries have no radiation therapy equipment available at all, and there has been a large increase in the number of cancer cases due to demographic and socio-economic factors.
The goal of European Cancer Centers is to develop access to radiation therapy treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa by creating a network of specialized medical Centers (phase 1 : Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Senegal) in the context of an African – European partnership.
Epidemiological studies predict that there will be more than 1 million new cases per year in Africa by 2020. However, the treatment options available today are already insufficient.In the last 20 years, the aging of the population, lower birth rates, dietary changes and increased tobacco use have all contributed to the significant increase in the number of cancer cases in Africa.This rise in the cancer rate is similar to that found in the Western world.The low availability of radiotherapy equipment means that only a very small number of patients receive this kind of treatment.