Cancer in LMICs Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death globally. In 2015 there were 8.8 million deaths due to cancer. 70% of these deaths occur in Low- and Middle-Income Countries vs. High Income Countries. The mortality rate related to cancer in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs) are disparately high compared to high-income countries (HICs)- approximately 70% of deaths from cancer occur in LMICs.2 So why is there such a high mortality rate in LMICs for cancers we know how to effectively control in HICs? 5-year survival rates.
Many radiotherapy clinics in LMICs still rely on basic or outdated equipment and lack the funds, training, and supporting infrastructure to implement modern 3D and IMRT radiation.