Cancer

Cancer is the most important cause of death and morbidity in Europe after cardiovascular diseases. Cancer is in many cases avoidable, and early detection increases the chance of cure substantially. WHO/Europe assists countries to develop national programmes for cancer control. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is the WHO body that specializes in this field. It coordinates and conducts research on causes and develops scientific strategies for cancer prevention and control.

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World Cancer Day 2017: focus on early diagnosis

Despite efforts in prevention, early detection and treatment, cancer mortality increased by 6.6% between 2000 and 2015 in the WHO European Region. On World Cancer Day 2017, WHO is publishing a guide to support countries in the early detection aspects of cancer management.

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1 in 100 women in Europe will develop cervical cancer

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the primary cause of cervical cancer. It is a highly contagious infection that is transmitted through sexual or skin-to-skin contact.

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Key resource

International Agency for Research on Cancer

Agency to promote international collaboration in cancer research

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The percentage of deaths caused by cancer in the European Region


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