Cancer

WHO Cancer Control Strategy

As a response to the cancer epidemic, and following the adoption of the Resolution on Cancer Prevention and Control (WHA58.22) at the 58th WHA in May 2005, the Director-General has recently approved the development of various activities for cancer prevention and control.

These activities include a Global Cancer Control Strategy, the publication of "Cancer Control: Knowledge into Action - WHO Guide for Effective Programmes", and the establishment of groups to support these activities (e.g. a WHO Cancer Steering Group, a Cancer Advisory Committee to the Director-General; a Cancer Technical Group, and a WHO Cancer Network of Partners.

The aim of the WHO Cancer Control Strategy is to strengthen and accelerate the translation of cancer control knowledge into public health action. The focus is placed on countries to ensure the reduction of cancer cases and the improvement of the quality of life of patients and their families.

The "Cancer Control: Knowledge into Action - WHO Guide for Effective Programmes" is a major component of the Strategy and will provide concrete evidence-based information on best practices in cancer control to guide processes in countries. The purpose of this publication will be to guide countries in the implementation of effective and efficient cancer control programmes. It will reflect the concerted effort of all WHO programmes and initiatives involved in cancer prevention and control.

The functions of the groups are as follows:

The WHO Cancer Steering Group includes representatives from WHO/HQ programmes whose area of activity has had an impact on cancer prevention and control, representatives from IARC for cancer research related issues, as well as representatives from the Regions particularly, NCD regional advisers. The first task of the WHO Cancer Steering Group is to contribute to the forthcoming publication "Cancer Control: Knowledge into Action - WHO Guide for Effective Programmes" and the development of the Global Cancer Control Strategy.

The Cancer Advisory Committee to the Director-General acts as an advisory body to WHO. It advises and makes recommendations regarding the development of the WHO Cancer Control Strategy and the "Cancer Control: Knowledge into Action - WHO Guide for Effective Programmes". The Committee includes experts in international public health and cancer control.

The Cancer Technical Group is responsible for providing input to the "Cancer Control: Knowledge into Action - WHO Guide for Effective Programmes". It assists in the overall development of the publication by reviewing and providing technical working papers, and making recommendations. The Cancer Technical Group consists of experts in international public health and cancer control.

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