Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

Cancer prevention and control

This World Health Assembly resolution calls for action by WHO and Member States to address the increasing burden of disease due to cancer.

Cancer is one of the most common causes of death, with nearly 7 million deaths each year worldwide. Right now 24.6 million people are living with cancer, and by 2020 it is projected that there will be 16 million new cancer cases and 10 million cancer deaths every year.

In order to address the rising health crisis, this WHA resolution gives special emphasis to the development and reinforcement of comprehensive national cancer control programmes that include prevention, early detection, improved treatment and palliative care, particularly for low- and middle-income countries.

To strengthen WHO's response to the cancer epidemic, a cancer control advisory committee to the Director-General, consisting of high-profile experts in international public health and cancer control, has recently been established.

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WHA58.22

Cancer prevention and control

Moving forward

Cancer is a priority for WHO

First steps forward for the cancer prevention and control resolution

WHO Secretariat Report: Cancer Prevention and Control

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Dr Oleg Chestnov
Assistant Director-General
Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health
World Health Organization