A global fund for cancer

With cancer cases spiking globally, a global fund for cancer could begin to turn the tide

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By 2030 cancer will affect one in four people, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, due to longer lives and more prevalent cancer risk factors. The developing world is not immune to this trend: More than 60 percent of these new cases will affect individuals in low- and middle-income countries that are not equipped to treat all these patients. To begin reversing this dire trend, the president of a leading African cancer-control NGO argues in this comment piece in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, a global fund could help provide the hospital beds, water, electricity, communication, and transport that are all needed to treat cancer. They could also fund preention programmes, research, public awareness campaigns and more. The world could start in Africa with a fund to treat childhood cancer, which tends to be highly curable, argues the author, the head of an African anticancer NGO. 

Source: Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology doi: 10.1038/nrclinonc.2017.211

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