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Title: Towards a strategy for cancer control in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
Authors: World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean
Issue Date: 2009
Language: English
Abstract: Cancer is the fourth ranked cause of death in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, which is expected to experience the highest increase in incidence among all WHO regions in the coming two decades. The increasing trend can be attributed to many factors including population ageing and exposure to risk factors, such as smoking, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity and environmental pollution. In the majority of countries of the Region, cancer is generally diagnosed at a relatively advanced stage. WHO estimates that 40% of cancers could be prevented and 40% could be cured if detected early. At present, resources for cancer control in the Region as a whole are not only inadequate but directed almost exclusively to treatment. Prevention therefore offers the greatest public health potential and the most cost-effective long-term approach for cancer control. This publication promotes an integrated approach to the provision of cancer control activities and services. It presents measures that may be introduced at public health and clinical levels. It is hoped the publication will encourage and assist government and non-government service providers to work more closely together
Description: 71 p. ; 25 cm.
Keywords: Neoplasms
Health Planning
Early Detection of Cancer
Subject: Medical Oncology
Gov't Doc #: WHO-EM/NCD/060/E
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