Global cancer control: responding to the growing burden, rising costs and inequalities in access

The cancer burden is rising globally, exerting significant strain on populations and health systems at all income levels. In May 2017, world governments made a commitment to further invest in cancer control as a public health priority, passing the World Health Assembly Resolution 70.12 on cancer prevention and control within an integrated approach. The 2016 European Society for Medical Oncology Leadership Generation Programme participants propose a strategic framework that is in line with the 2017 WHO Cancer Resolution and consistent with the principle of universal health coverage, which ensures access to optimal cancer care for all people because health is a basic human right. The time for action is now to reduce barriers and provide the highest possible quality cancer care to everyone regardless of circumstance, precondition or geographic location.

Authors: G. W. Prager, S. Braga, B. Bystricky, C. Qvortrup, C. Criscitiello, E. Esin, G. S. Sonke, G. Argilés Martínez, J.-S. Frenel, M. Karamouzis, M. Strijbos, O. Yazici, P. Bossi, S. Banerjee, T. Troiani, A. Eniu, F. Ciardiello, J Tabernero, C. C. Zielinski, P. G. Casali, F. Cardoso, J.-Y. Douillard, S. Jezdic, K. McGregor, G. Bricalli, M.a Vyas, A. Ilbawi

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Health systems and services, primary health care, integrated systems, prevention services, health workforce, Non-communicable diseases, alcohol, nutrition, obesity, cancer, smoking, physical activity
Europe, Global

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