CANSA had a slide show addressing some of the commonly held myths about cancer. The topics tackled were important but they do not address the problems faced by the majority in this country.
|Source: Lynette Denny|
Not all my colleagues agree with me, however. Last week, I had a discussion with a surgical colleague about the importance of looking at the problems of inequality of breast cancer care in South Africa. There are huge disparities between the management offered for those with ample means and those without. I urged that we should look at finding local answers rather than using first world models to solve developing world issues. He astounded me by asking if I wanted "Voodoo" solutions.
This graph (source: BBC) shows some of the problems in the developing world. The majority of the health budget is spent on treatment and care for suffers of infectious diseases.
As health practitioners involved in the management of cancer, we should be lobbying to get more resources. It is absurd that we should think of local solutions as Voodoo solutions.
World Cancer Day is another opportunity to lobby politicians and their advisors that we have missed.