WHO makes cancer recommendations

The World Health Organization (WHO) has explained its priorities to help save seven million people from cancer-related deaths.

The WHO released their report; ‘Report on Cancer: Setting priorities, investing wisely and providing care for all to coincide with World Cancer Day.’ The report discusses aspects of cancer such as the burden of disease around the world, as well as treatment, prevention and diagnosis. Dr Ren Minghui, Assistant Director-General, Universal Health Coverage/Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases, WHO, said:

“This is a wake-up call to all of us to tackle the unacceptable inequalities between cancer services in rich and poor countries… If people have access to primary care and referral systems then cancer can be detected early, treated effectively and cured. Cancer should not be a death sentence for anyone, anywhere.”

The key actions proposed by the WHO to tackle cancer are:

  1. Strengthen governance, make a plan
  2. Identify priorities that are feasible, evidence-based and can be financed
  3. Invest in WHO “best buys” for primary prevention
  4. Invest in early diagnosis
  5. Implement effective, feasible cancer management
  6. Strengthen information systems
  7. Fund priorities in cancer interventions, and ensure financial protection
  8. Build capacity through cancer centres and networks
  9. Optimise the workforce and access to reliable, sustainable medicines and health products
  10. Partner with communities and civil society

Find out more from the WHO here, and read the report here.

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Published on 6. February 2020 in Interesting Reads, News, Press Release