Leading U.S. Cancer Organizations Unite Against the Growing Global Cancer Burden
New World Cancer Report Released by IARC; U.S. Groups List Six Critical Steps the New U.S. Administration
According to the new report, the burden of cancer doubled globally between 1975 and 2000. It is estimated that it will double again by 2020 and nearly triple by 2030. This translates to far greater numbers of people living with – and dying from – the disease. The report estimates that there were some 12 million new cancer diagnoses worldwide this year, and more than seven million people will die from the disease. The projected numbers for the year 2030 are 20-26 million new diagnoses and 13-17 million deaths.
The growing cancer burden includes global increases of incidence of about one percent each year, with larger increases in
In addition to increases in cancer incidence and death rates, the report identifies challenges in cancer care, especially in
Sharing the stage were
The American Cancer Society’s Seffrin said, “For all of our 95 years the Society has pursued the vow of our founders to eliminate cancer in all humankind. We recognize that cancer strikes without regard to borders or socioeconomic status, and we support cancer control initiatives in more than 20 countries, and fund capacity building and tobacco control grants in some 70 countries – including the launch next week of our tobacco Quitline(R) in
Armstrong explained his foundation’s international work, saying, “Since announcing the launch of our international cancer awareness campaign at the Clinton Global Initiative less than three months ago, we are already in discussions with more than 20 nations, NGOs and business leaders to advance this issue. Even in a challenging economy, people realize that with cancer there is progress to be made and prevention measures to be taken.”
“Breast cancer alone will be diagnosed in 25 million women over the next 25 years.
Explaining the results of the report, Dr. Boyle said, “The rapid increase in the global cancer burden represents a real challenge for health systems worldwide. However, there is a clear message of hope: although cancer is a devastating disease, it is largely preventable. We know that preventive measures such as tobacco control, reduction of alcohol consumption, increased physical activity, vaccinations for hepatitis B and human papillomavirus (HPV), and screening and awareness could have a great impact on reducing the global cancer burden.”
“We appreciate the opportunity to stand with leading cancer organizations in
The six call to action steps issued by the three U.S. organizations include: 1) making vaccines that prevent cancer causing infections more widely available to low-income nations, including specifically combating cervical cancer through Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) efforts to make the HPV vaccine accessible and affordable; 2) committing to a comprehensive tobacco control approach in the U.S., which includes taking measures proven effective in reducing smoking rates and having Congress grant the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate tobacco; 3) ratifying immediately the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first ever global public health treaty that sets forth comprehensive measures to reduce health and economic impacts of tobacco; 4) supporting efforts of non-governmental organizations to build advocacy and resources, empower survivors and reduce suffering in low- to middle-income countries by working with governments, medical professionals and the corporate sector to enable individuals to adopt healthier behaviors; 5) promoting culturally sensitive risk reduction and education campaigns by leveraging our own successful U.S. efforts to help build capacity of nongovernmental organizations in other countries; and 6) investing in cancer research and expanding access to prevention and early detection measures in the U.S., with a specific focus on increasing federal funding of medical research.
The news conference also featured the domestic launch of a new documentary film series focused on the global cancer problem titled “Cancer Is…” The documentary is narrated by former U.S. President
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in
About the Lance Armstrong Foundation
At the Lance Armstrong Foundation, we stand up for the 25 million people around the world living with cancer today. There can be – and should be – life after cancer for more people. That’s why we work to prevent cancer, ensure patients get proper cancer screening and care, support research and help cancer survivors live life on their own terms. We kick in at the moment of diagnosis, giving people the support they need to fight cancer head-on. We find creative ways to raise awareness and end the stigma about cancer that many survivors face. We connect people and communities to drive social change, and we call for state, national and world leaders to help fight this disease. Join us at LIVESTRONG.org.
About the International Agency for Research on Cancer
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization. IARC’s mission is to coordinate and conduct research on the causes of human cancer, the mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and to develop scientific strategies for cancer control. The Genetic Epidemiology Group within IARC conducts large scale case-control studies of specific cancers, and participates in international consortia, in order to ensure that studies have adequate sample size.
SOURCE American Cancer Society