Launched in January 2017, ‘C/Can 2025: City Cancer Challenge’ is a multi-sectoral initiative supporting cities to take the lead in the design, planning and implementation of cancer treatment solutions.
C/Can 2025 aims to increase the number of people with access to quality cancer treatment in cities around the world through a network of motivated partners including city leaders, governments, NGOs, UN agencies, and domestic and international businesses.
C/Can 2025 has been conceived to address the urgent need to turn political commitments made at the global level into fully functional, comprehensive cancer solutions, which can reach the majority of the world’s population.
The global target to reduce premature deaths from Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) by 25% by 2025 has been a call to mobilise community and nations around the world. However focusing solely on NCD risk factors alone will not reduce cancer mortality rates by 2025. Improvements in early detection and treatment will be critical.
C/Can 2025 is already working with a small group of 'Key Learning Cities', including Cali, Asunción, Yangon, and Kumasi. Beginning in 2018, the ambition is to scale-up support to a wide network of 'Challenge Cities' that have a population greater than 1 million, in every region.