cancer

1 Why cancer in developing countries matters, in one graph

You already know the world is getting better. It is reason to be optimistic, but some new challenges will replace old ones. The improving world means that more people will die of non-communicable diseases. That is medical speak for the diseases that cannot be spread from person to person. Topping…

0 Visualizing the global rise of cancer

Guest post by Katie Leach-Kemon, a policy translation specialist from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. WHO The World Health Organization this week released its World Cancer Report, generating headlines such as: NPR  Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide CNN WHO: Imminent global cancer…

0 No Controversy Here: Rwanda’s Effort to Beat HPV and Cervical Cancer

Daytime television host Katie Couric courted controversy where it does not exist, yesterday. She featured Emily Tarsell a woman who said the HPV vaccine Gardasil is responsible for her her daughter’s death. Remaining guests, including medical doctors, discussed their support and opposition to the HPV vaccine. Couric builds ‘controversy’ by rising fear of…

0 What’s Killing Us: Infographic Edition

This awkward infographic comes to us from the Twitter feed of Bill Gates. Ther are some curious choices about the design choices, but it gets the facts across and alerts some things I did not know. For example, deaths caused by typhoid increased between 2005 and 2010. It is not…

0 The challenge of determining cancer’s burden in Africa

Guest post by Katie Leach-Kemon, a policy translation specialist from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Nurse, Sierra LeoneWikipedia In last week’s Humanosphere podcast, former National Public Radio health reporter and current University of Washington journalism educator Joanne Silberner spoke about the stigma surrounding cancer in Uganda.…

0 Cancer kills an awful lot of poor people, but they’re fighting back

Silberner interviewing a doctor who treats breast cancer in Haiti. I’m sick with a cold, so I suppose it’s fitting that we discuss disease on this week’s Humanosphere podcast. Who better to talk to than Joanne Silberner, who reported on health for National Public Radio for 18 years? Silberner now…

1 Stigma faced by Ugandan women with breast cancer

Stigma, misinformation and poverty all conspire against women suffering from breast cancer, reports Denise Grady for the New York Times. Her excellent story profiles some of the women in Uganda who are suffering from breast cancer and are trying to seek treatment. One of the people is Jessy Acen, a…

0 Scientists identify China’s mysteriously massive cancer burden

A new study of health trends in China finds, perhaps unsurprisingly, that rapid economic development over the past few decades has been accompanied by a decline in ‘diseases of poverty’ like malaria and child malnutrition but a rise in the diseases of the rich world like heart disease and obesity.One surprising – and not completely understood or explained – finding out of the study is that China appears to be the undisputed world leader for certain cancers: Liver, stomach and esophageal.

0 PRI’s The World: Cancer’s global reach

PRI’s The World, in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, today launched a series of stories examining cancer in the developing world which includes a fantastic interactive map (below is a just a screen grab): PRI’s The World Joanne Silberner, a Seattle journalist, friend and colleague who formerly…

0 Uganda’s Health Minister on malaria, corruption and collaboration

Uganda’s been in the news a lot lately: An outbreak of deadly Ebola (now declared over). The country’s  celebration of its 50th anniversary of gaining independence from Britain (along with the perhaps less-celebrated 26th anniversary of President Yoweri Museveni’s refusal to relinquish power). The next phase of the bizarre “social-mediated”…

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