More than 8 million people around the world die from cancer each year, with 60 percent of them from underdeveloped regions. Through the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, we support community-based programs that promote cancer awareness, screening, care, and support among high-risk populations in the United States, as well as Central and Eastern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.
We are working with partners across the globe in areas where social stigmas, inadequate education, and a lack of available services all contribute to increased mortality rates from lung, skin, breast, and cervical cancers.
Cancer in Africa
About six in 10 cancer deaths in Africa occur in less developed regions, and disparities in cancer persist among the poor, racial minorities and vulnerable people. The mortality rate for pediatric cancer in Botswana, Malawi and Uganda is as high as 90 percent.
Cancer in Central and Eastern Europe
While cancer is the second-most common cause of death across Europe, mortality rates for most cancers are highest in Central and Eastern European countries. Low awareness of cancer risk factors, a lack of adequate cancer prevention and screening efforts, and limited health care resources in the region contribute to this gap. The Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation funds initiatives to address these issues.