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Cancer Atlas (2nd Edition) | WHO Cancer Country Profiles 2014 | Non-communicable Diseases Progress Monitor 2015

CANCER Facts and Figures

Cancer Atlas (2nd Edition)

The continuing and escalating global fight against cancer demands new tools and the latest available data and trends. The Cancer Atlas website and The Cancer Atlas, 2nd Edition book – produced by the American Cancer Society, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the Union for International Cancer Control – provide a comprehensive global overview of information about the burden of cancer, associated risk factors, methods of prevention and measures of control.

The Cancer Atlas website makes select data from The Cancer Atlas, 2nd Edition book available in an easy-to-consume, interactive fashion, and features highlights and downloadable chapters and graphics from the book. It is available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. Support for these translations was provided by UICC member organisations.

The Cancer Atlas, 2nd Edition is coming soon to the American Cancer Society Bookstore. If you would like to be notified when the book becomes available for purchase please email

WHO Cancer Country Profiles 2014

In light of 2013 commitments to the global NCD targets and indicators, there is a pressing need for countries to both obtain and communicate accurate information on readiness and priority actions to respond to the growing cancer burden. The WHO Cancer Country Profiles 2014 is an essential tool for informing NCD and cancer control planning that analyses the global status of cancer prevention and control.

The Profiles provide national stakeholders for the first time with a one-reference synthesis of the country cancer situation. Each profile features the individual country’s cancer burden, top cancer trends, cancer specific risk factors (tobacco, alcohol, physical inactivity, obesity, household fuel use), capacity for interventions, strategies, evaluation and monitoring.

To download the Profiles as PDF documents and as applications for Android and iOS devices please click here.

Non-communicable Diseases Progress Monitor 2015

The World Health Organization’s new Non-communicable Disease (NCD) Progress Monitor tracks the extent to which 194 countries are implementing their commitments to develop national responses to the global burden of NCDs.

The Monitor provides a snapshot of some of the achievements and challenges faced by both developed and developing countries as they strive to reach globally agreed targets to combat cancer, diabetes, and heart and lung disease. It uses the 10 indicators and their sub-indicators on which WHO will base its report on progress at the 2018 High-level Meeting on NCDs at the UN General Assembly, covering a range of critical issues, from the setting of overall NCD reduction targets, to strong measures to reduce tobacco consumption, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity, along with measures to strengthen treatment and care for people with NCDs.