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Scale of the Challenge

MediDAO has opted to champion cancer due to its signifcant medical frontiers, vast potential for accelerated regulatory pathways and the promise of long-lasting change in billions of peoples lives.,

Amid the vast challenges we will face, the allure of revolutionizing cancer care through innovative community platforms, potential breakthrough treatments and igniting a transformative healthcare era energizes us to take on this challenge head-on.


Cancer poses an immediate and multifaceted challenge to humanity.

Affecting millions of lives worldwide and imposing a significant burden on individuals, families, healthcare systems, and economies.  The statistics below provide a glimpse into the scale of this global challenge:

1. Global Incidence and Mortality
Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. In 2020, there were an estimated 19.3 million new cancer cases and 10 million cancer-related deaths globally. (“Global Cancer Statistics 2020”, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 2021)

2. Economic Impact
The economic burden of cancer is substantial. The total global cost of cancer in 2020 was estimated at $1.16 trillion, encompassing healthcare costs, productivity losses, and societal impacts. (“The Global Economic Burden of Cancer”, American Cancer Society, 2019)

3. Variability by Region
Cancer incidence and mortality rates vary widely across regions. For instance, in some low- and middle-income countries, cancer is increasingly becoming a significant public health concern due to changes in lifestyle, limited access to early detection and treatment, and inadequate healthcare infrastructure.

4. Five Most Common Cancer
The five most common cancer types in terms of new cases in 2020 were breast, lung, colorectal, prostate, and stomach cancers. These collectively accounted for about half of all newly diagnosed cases. (“Global Cancer Statistics 2020”, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 2021)

5. Cancer and Age
The risk of cancer increases with age. About 86% of all cancer cases and 95% of cancer-related deaths occurred in individuals aged 50 and above. (“Global Cancer Statistics 2020”, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 2021)

6. Preventable Risk Factors
Lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, and exposure to carcinogens contribute to a substantial proportion of cancer cases. It is estimated that one-third of cancer cases are preventable through healthy lifestyle choices. (“Cancer Prevention and Control”, World Health Organization, 2021)

7. Survival Rates
Survival rates vary significantly depending on the type and stage of cancer. Globally, the five-year survival rate for all cancers combined is around 67%, but this varies widely by country and region. (“Cancer Survival Statistics”, Cancer Research UK, 2021)

8. Innovations in Treatment and Research
Advances in medical research and treatment options have led to improved outcomes for many cancer patients. Precision medicine, immunotherapy, targeted therapies, and early detection methods are among the areas showing promise in cancer care.

9. Global Efforts and Advocacy
International organizations, governments, and non-profit organizations are working to raise awareness, improve access to cancer care, promote early detection, and support research efforts. Initiatives like World Cancer Day (February 4) aim to unite these efforts globally.

10. Impact on Mental Health
Cancer not only affects physical health but also takes a toll on mental and emotional well-being. Patients and their families often experience anxiety, depression, and stress during and after treatment.

Addressing the challenge of cancer requires a comprehensive approach that includes prevention, early detection, access to quality treatment, palliative care, and ongoing research. Collaborative efforts are essential to alleviate the burden of cancer on individuals, families, and societies around the world, fostering hope for a future where cancer’s impact is reduced through innovative solutions and increased global awareness.



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