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

Gerald W. Prager, Sofia Braga, Branoslav Bystricky, Camilla Qvortrup, Carmen Criscitiello, Ece Esin, Gabe S. Sonke, Guillem Argilés Martínez, Jean Sebastian Frenel, Michalis Karamouzis, Michiel Strijbos, Ozan Yazici, Paolo Bossi, Susana Banerjee, Teresa Troiani, Alexandru Eniu, Fortunato Ciardiello, Josep Tabernero, Christoph C. Zielinski, Paolo G. CasaliFatima Cardoso, Jean Yves Douillard, Svetlana Jezdic, Keith McGregor, Gracemarie Bricalli, Malvika Vyas, André Ilbawi

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© European Society for Medical Oncology (unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2018. 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. In this manuscript, 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. The national actions and the policy recommendations in this paper set forth the vision of its authors for the future of global cancer control at the national level, where the WHO Cancer Resolution must be implemented if we are to reduce the cancer burden, avoid unnecessary suffering and save as many lives as possible.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere000285
JournalESMO Open
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • cancer treatment inequalities
  • global cancer burden
  • global cancer control


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