Adopted at the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, the 2017 cancer resolution represents a global call for action.
On 30 May 2017, health leaders from across the world reaffirmed cancer control as a critical health and development priority as they adopted the 2017 cancer resolution, entitled “Cancer prevention and control in the context of an integrated approach” at the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva.
The resolution draws on targets set out in the Global Action Plan on NCDs and Sustainable Development Goals to help make the case for increasing national action on cancer. Drawing on best practices from across the globe, it identifies 22 priority actions grouped into four key areas, for countries to systematically strengthen cancer services over time. These should be embedded in national cancer control plans that can drive the introduction or scale-up of services, in line with national priorities and also serve as an important platform to coordinate national stakeholders around common goals. Read UICC’s high-level summary of the 2017 cancer resolution.
Critically, the 2017 cancer resolution aligns national cancer control with the growing dialogue on universal health coverage, emphasising the links and opportunities for integration to deliver sustainable cancer care and stronger health systems. Now, the global cancer community is calling for action on the health systems response, specifically, population-based, holistic approaches to programmes and the expansion and scale up of diagnosis, treatment and care services so that no one is left behind.
For more information on the cancer resolution check out the webinar recording below with Dr Julie Torode, who was the Director of Special Projects of UICC at the time.
In the meantime, please contact UICC's advocacy team via email@example.com to find out more about the resolution and how you can support it.
Political will and a national strategy that prioritises targeted investments in cancer control as well as action at the international level can reduce the global cancer burden.
The World Cancer Declaration calls upon government leaders and policymakers to significantly reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity in the access to cancer services, and integrate cancer control into the global health and development agenda.
Breast cancer is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer globally, ahead of lung cancer. While the incidence of breast cancer is generally higher in more developed regions, the number of cases is rising in low- and middle-income countries and they are often diagnosed later, leading to more serious outcomes.
Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women globally and currently, one life is lost every 2 minutes to this disease.
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