"The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) unites and supports the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to ensure that cancer control continues to be a priority in the world health and development agenda."
Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer among women worldwide, accounting for almost 1 in 4 cancer cases. It is the second most frequent cancer amongst both sexes and is the leading cause of death from cancer in women.
The world’s population is ageing rapidly. There are currently over 703 million people worldwide above the age of 65 years, representing 9.1% of the global population. Estimates suggest that this proportion will rise to 15.9% by 2050.
Essential medicines are defined as those that “satisfy the priority health care needs of the population” and selected with regard to their public health relevance, evidence on efficacy and safety, and comparative cost-effectiveness.