Early detection of cancer
Cancer is the growth of abnormal cells beyond usual boundaries and is one of the leading causes of death globally. A report by the World Health Organization reveals that cancer was responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. An estimated 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer, while the economic burden of cancer in 2010 was estimated to be 1.16 trillion US dollars.
Survival rates have improved for most cancer types, but advances have been slow for lung and pancreatic cancers, partly because most cases are diagnosed at a later stage. Early detection is the key to improving cancer care and reducing morbidity.