How many people in the world have cancer?
Globally, it’s estimated that 100 million people across the world had any of the forms of cancer in 2017. This number has more than doubled since 1990 when an estimated 45 million had cancer. Many of these patients who suffer from cancer can not even effort its treatment cost and die without any treatment.
Every sixth death in the world is due to cancer, making it the second leading cause of death. In 2017, 9.6 million people are estimated to have died from the various forms of cancer. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) put relatively small error margins around this global figure: the lower and upper estimates extend from 9.2 to 9.7 million. Progress against many other causes of deaths and demographic drivers of increasing population size, life expectancy and — particularly in higher-income countries — aging populations mean that the total number of cancer deaths continues to increase. This is a very personal topic to many: nearly everyone knows or has lost someone dear to them from this collection of diseases. Cancers are defined by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a collection of diseases in which abnormal cells can divide and spread to nearby tissue. As this definition suggests, cancers can arise in many parts of the body and in some cases spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems.
A small story
It’s a personal experience that inspired me to help cancer patients. I was in class 12th reading in Oriental Public School, Kalyani. Everything was going fine, until we heard the news that one of my school’s student was suffering from brain cancer. He was a kid of class 5. I was touched by it. His parents belonged from a middle class family and could not effort the entire cost of the treatment so his parents requested our school principle to help him out. Our principle dictated the entire story next day in the assembly and asked us to donate some money. We all were more than happy to donate. A few months later, in the assembly, the child’s mother, father and he himself came to say thank you. His mother almost broke down. Most of us were in tears. I still remember her face, flushed in tears as she held her son with one hand and the mike on the other. But the good news was, after the long fight he could join our school after six months. That incident left an everlasting impression on my mind.
HOW CAN WE HELP THEM?
We can help them by donating money. Whenever someone buys anything from our website, it’s 2% goes for the treatment of the cancer patients. In this way we can help these people with a little contribution, because small drops of water can together make a sea.