Africa Lacks Skills, Money to Fight AIDS-Related Cancer: Expert
December 14, 2006
On Monday on the sidelines of a cancer conference in Cape Town, an expert said AIDS-related cancers are on the rise in Africa. "There is such a huge amount of HIV in Africa that HIV-associated cancers have also increased in prevalence," said Ian Magrath of the International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research. "There are treatments available for HIV-related cancers, some of which are quite effective, but there is the problem of limitations in the health service, lack of expertise, the cost of the drugs ... sometimes the lack of radiation therapy facilities and a lack of infrastructure." According to Magrath, Kaposi's sarcoma is increasing in Africa and is now the third-most prevalent type of cancer among east African women.
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