Big plans, research and technology: highlights from the World Cancer Series: 2021

Highlights from the World Cancer Series: 2021

Cancer control in the Czech Republic: Findings from the Index of Cancer Preparedness

Cancer control in the Czech Republic findings from the Index of Cancer Preparedness is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, sponsored by SOTIO and PPF. One of Europe’s ageing societies, the Czech Republic faces a growing cancer burden. Its response to cancer has been strong, helped by a generous health insurance system, a skilled workforce and advanced infrastructure. But to accelerate success, more coordination of resources is needed, as is greater attention to patient-centred care.

World Lung Cancer Day

World Lung Cancer Day reminds us that lung cancer must be at the top of Europe's agenda every day.

Projet global de financement pour l’élimination du cancer du col de l’utérus : Financer la prévention secondaire dans les contextes de faible revenu

Medidas globales de financiación para eliminar el cáncer de cuello uterino: financiación de servicios de prevención secundaria en países con bajos recursos

El cáncer de cuello uterino es el cuarto cáncer que se detecta con mayor frecuencia en mujeres en todo el mundo, aunque es uno de los tipos de cáncer que mejor se pueden tratar y más se pueden prevenir si se detectan a tiempo. La morbilidad y la mortalidad del cáncer de cuello uterino afectan de forma dispar a las mujeres de países con unos ingresos bajos o entre bajos y medios, y aquellas de los países más pobres. En 2020, la Organización Mundial de la Salud

Global action on financing cervical cancer elimination: Funding secondary prevention services in low resource settings

Cervical cancer is the fourth-most commonly detected cancer in women worldwide yet is one of the most preventable and treatable cancers if detected early. Women in low- and lower-middle income countries and the poorest within countries are disproportionally affected by cervical cancer-related morbidity and mortality. In 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a global initiative to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health problem, setting intermediate targets to be achieved by 2030.

Outside the hospital: cancer monitoring with apps

Patient monitoring apps allow patients with chronic diseases to report on their condition from outside of the hospital – where they spend most of their time – putting the patient, rather than the hospital, at the centre of the care pathway.

What can we do about the childhood cancers never diagnosed or treated?

Over the next ten years we can look forward to seeing an additional 1m children surviving cancer around the world. This success story will be achieved through the concerted efforts of multiple agencies to support implementation of the World Health Organisation’s global initiative for childhood cancer. This was announced in 2018 and aims to increase survival rates to at least 60% by 2030. 

Taking aim: The policy response to viral hepatitis in Uganda

“What you don’t know can’t hurt you” doesn’t apply to Uganda’s health challenges with hepatitis B and C. Data on prevalence are sparse, particularly for the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Based on small-scale studies, prevalence of HCV is estimated at 1-2% of the total population, says Ponsiano Ocama, chair of the department of medicine and academic hepatologist at Makerere University College of Health Sciences. Estimates for the hepatitis B virus (HBV) are better but based on an HIV impact assessment survey conducted in 2016.

A silent killer in Saudi Arabia: Male cancers

Male cancers, including prostate, testicular and penile cancer, were not among the top health concerns in Saudi Arabia until recently. “Prostate cancer is the number one cancer amongst men in most Western countries, but that hadn’t been the case in Saudi Arabia; it had been number five but now it is number two [among men over the age of 60],” explains Danny Rabah, professor of surgery and head of the division of urology at King Khalid University Hospital in Riyadh.

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