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[Editorial] Lifting the veil on cancer treatment

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Cancer is one of the toughest global health issues to tackle. Its burden is large and rising, with 9·6 million deaths in 2017 according to the Global Burden of Diseases—an increase of 25% over a decade. The complexity and diversity of the disease in terms of aetiology, symptomatology, and prognoses make it a challenge for health systems lacking the capacity for screening, diagnosis, therapy, and palliation. In many low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), where the brunt of the disease burden is being borne, cancer services are not being prioritised and although a large proportion of cancers, 30–50%, is thought to be preventable, comprehensive cancer prevention strategies are not the norm.

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