Friday, 4 February 2011

Cancer is a Runaway Train

In October, we launched the AfrOx film competition, giving amateur film-makers the brief of making a short film to raise awareness about cancer in Africa.

At present, cancer kills more than 7 million people per year and is responsible for more deaths worldwide than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.  It is estimated that if no action is taken, the situation will continue to deteriorate and by 2020 it is expected that there will be 16 million new cases per year.  70% of these new cases will occur in the developing world.

As Alan Milburn, former UK Secretary of State for Health and Chairman of AfrOx, described it,
"The rising incidence of cancer in Africa is like a runaway train coming down the track."

It was this "runaway train" that the competition winners, Hazel Taylor and Ben Donaldson used as the basis of their winning video...

The video was launced on World Cancer Day, in association with the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), as part of the Cancer Prevention 4 Africa campaign.

To find out more about the campaign, click here.

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