World Cancer Day will be marked on 4 February 2022. Cancer is a global challenge for us all. In 2018, 18 million people worldwide were diagnosed with cancer. Presently, due to research advances, 1 in 2 people in the UK survive their cancer for 10 years or more.

The 2022 theme for World Cancer Day is “Close the Care Gap”. The campaign is about understanding and recognising the inequities in cancer care around the world and recognising the power of knowledge.

The more informed we are about cancer the better. Education about early detection, diagnosis, and treatment for cancer and infections linked with cancer is crucial.

Examples of STIs with links to cancer related illnesses

  1. Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) is a type of herpes virus which can cause mononucleosis and has been linked with increased risk of certain types of lymphoma and cancers of the nose and throat
  2. Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) can cause liver cancer
  3. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) does not cause cancer but infection with HIV weakens the immune system leading to increased risks of several cancers such as Kaposi’s sarcoma, eye cancer, cervical and anal cancer
  4. Human Papillomaviruses (HPVs) – high-risk types of HPV cause nearly all cervical cancers and is linked to many oral, anal, vaginal, vulvar, and penile cancers

Many STIs are treatable, and the risk of cancer is much less likely if the infection is discovered early, so that the appropriate care and medication can be applied where appropriate. Researchers continue to study links between STIs and later cancer, so it is advisable to get tested regularly.

Predicted global cancer statistics at a glance

As you can see from the graph below, produced by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Europe is expected to see a 21% increase in new cancer cases from 2020 to 2040.   This shows the estimated number of new cases from 2020 to 2040, including both sexes.

World cancer statistics

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[1] World Cancer Day 2022

[2] Infectious Agents

Image: – International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO): Cancer Tomorrow

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