The development and implementation of comprehensive, evidence-based, well-resourced and operational cancer plans is a critical step for countries to translate commitments into actions and address the multifaceted challenge of tackling cancer.
A national cancer control programme is the total of all cancer prevention and control activities undertaken in a country to address the national cancer burden. The programme should result from a national cancer control plan (NCCP) or a national health plan inclusive of cancer that has been developed as a strategic public health approach to prevent and control cancer in the context of the country’s sociocultural environment and health-care system.
UICC, its members and partners have been working on developing key tools and collecting resources to facilitate the work of cancer control planners.
We did a global analysis of available national cancer-related health plans using a standardised assessment questionnaire to assess their inclusion of elements that characterise an effective cancer plan and, thereby, improve understanding of the strengths and limitations of existing plans. The results show progress in the development of cancer plans, as well as in the inclusion of stakeholders in plan development, but little evidence of their implementation.
The results are summarized here.
The International Cancer Control Partnership (ICCP), formed in November 2012, is a group of organisations engaged in supporting country cancer control planning efforts. Through the ICCP, these organisations, including the WHO, CDC, NCI-USA, and UICC, are committed to working together to ensure that all countries have a well-resourced, quality cancer control plan, integrated with non-communicable disease control efforts.
The ICCP Portal is a one-stop stop for cancer prevention and control planning. It hosts topic-specific networks across the cancer care continuum that identifies best practices, key resources and gaps in those fields.
The American Cancer Society, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the Union for International Cancer Control developed the Cancer Atlas to give the global cancer community a new tool in the fight against cancer. Leaders worldwide can arm themselves with actionable data and insights to make better decisions – and work toward putting an end to the cancer epidemic.
The Cancer Atlas is now available in many languages, including English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Turkish and Portuguese.
The Toolkit is grouped into 5 sections for easy use:
The NCCP Toolkit, designed for civil society organisations, intends to help them and other parties deliver an effective national cancer control plan – one which is comprehensive, costed and designed so that progress can be measured and assessed. A talented and experienced group of experts have worked diligently to deliver a tool which incorporates best practice from around the world.
The KS Toolkit is designed to address foundational questions and answers in comprehensive breast cancer care across the life-course in limited resource settings.
CANCER TODAY provides a suite of data visualization tools based on current national estimates of the incidence, mortality, and prevalence of 27 cancer types in 184 countries, by sex and age group, collected as part of the GLOBOCAN project.
The scale of the non-communicable disease challenge the world faces is staggering. Tackling the NCD crisis will require a significant shift in the way we live and work. This can only be achieved through an ‘all-of-society’ approach, systematically combining the power and reach of all sectors.