The role of in vitro diagnostics in early detection and treatment of cancer

Cancer is the second leading cause of mortality globally. Early detection of cancer and access to effective anti-cancer treatment can result in higher rates of survival and a better quality of life. However, patients in low-and middle-income countries (LMIC) are often diagnosed at a late disease stage, which contributes to higher cancer mortality.

In vitro diagnostics (IVDs) are a subset of tests or medical  devices that examine specimens taken from the human body which provide essential data for screening, diagnosis and treatment. Access to IVDs is vital for the early detection of cancer, however in many LMICs, access to quality assured medical diagnostics is not a given.

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Type of Resource: 
American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
Publish Date: 
19 March 2021
Last update: 
Thursday 1 April 2021