In developing countries, the fight against cancer has barely begun. In this series led by veteran medical reporter Joanne Silberner, we meet patients, doctors, and public health advocates waging a new campaign against a global killer.
Dr. Jackson Orem heads the Uganda Cancer Institute. Until recently, he was the only oncologist in a country of more than 30 million people. He argues that cancer deserves the same attention given to other afflictions in the developing world, such as AIDS and malaria.
Cancer is often considered a disease of affluence, but about 70% of cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Explore this interactive map to learn about some cancers that disproportionately affect poorer countries.