The National Cancer Center (NCC), Khan Bank and Mongolian National Broadcaster extended their contract for the National Campaign Against Cancer on the occasion of World Cancer Day, marked February 4.

The contract was sealed with signatures of General Director of NCC J.Chinburen, Chief Executive Officer of Khan Bank John Bell, and General Director of MNB L.Ninjjamts on February 1.

The National Cancer Center reports on results of anti-cancer activities every year on World Cancer Day. This year, it reported that over 300 doctors and medical officers traveled 63 kilometers, visited each province in Mongolia at least three to four times, screened 115,725 people most vulnerable to cancer, and performed surgery for 477 people over the past seven years.

According to statistics, 5,991 people were diagnosed with cancer and 4,112 people died due to cancer in Mongolia in 2016. As of February 1, there were more than 15,000 people living with cancer and the majority of them, specifically 70 percent, were diagnosed with liver, stomach, esophagus, lung and cervical cancers.

World Cancer Day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.

Taking place under the tagline “We can. I can.”, this year’s global campaign explored how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

“Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer,” the campaign stated.

Globally, an estimated 8.2 million people die from cancer every year, out of which four million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years). The most ill-equipped countries bear the brunt of this disease – 70 percent of deaths occur in developing countries. Child cancer rates also highlight the inequality factor that plays such a large role in cancer, as survival rates differ greatly between high-income and low-income countries.

The Ulaanbaatar Health Office encouraged the public to get a health checkup as 75.6 percent of cancer patients are diagnosed during late stages of cancer, making treatment ineffective.

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