Cancer shares a number of leading risk factors and similar health systems needs with the other major NCDs, namely cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes. As a result, UICC has been working closely with the NCD Alliance since its foundation in 2009 to help develop and shape the global NCD discussion to respond to these needs and to build a global movement to help address them.
Urgent global action on NCDs is necessary. In 2015, around 70% of deaths globally were due to the four leading NCDs. The burden of these diseases is rising disproportionately in low- and middle-income countries, which already shoulder around 75% of global NCD mortality. This poses an urgent threat to economic and social development, as 48% of NCD deaths occur in people under the age of 70. Over 85% of these ‘premature’ deaths occur in low and middle-income countries. Since the first UN High-level meeting on NCDs in 2011, we have seen the momentum build with development of a framework of UN and WHO commitments and technical guidance on NCDs:
The documents below provide an overarching framework to drive action on NCDs and cancer nationally:
25% relative reduction in risk of premature mortality from cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, or chronic respiratory diseases by 2025 (25x25 goal)
80% availability of the affordable basic technologies and essential medicines, including generics, required to treat major NCDs in both public and private facilities by 2025
Find out more about how the NCD agenda supports action on cancer, and vice versa, using the interactive commitments navigator.
Interested in learning more about NCDs? Check out the map of national and regional NCD Alliances.