Reducing cancer: international community moves from resolution to action

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and its partners, including WHO, have developed a resolution that specifies the actions governments and societies should take to reduce preventable deaths from cancer.

The Dublin Resolution builds on the United Nations Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, agreed in September 2011 and will be officially presented today during the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in Dublin, Ireland.

The theme of the 2011 Summit – “From Resolution to Action” – focuses on creating commitment to measurable actions in priority areas of the global cancer agenda, including pain control/palliative care, cancer registries, public–private partnerships, cancer control in the developing world and best practice in public policy on cancer control.

The Summit is attended by 240 representatives of governments, WHO and the World Economic Forum, plus civil and corporate leaders from over 60 countries.

Cancer in Europe

At present, 24% of people in the WHO European Region get cancer before the age of 75, and over 12% die from it before reaching 75. In 2008, 3.4 million new cases were diagnosed; the most common types for both men and women are cancer of the colorectum, breast, lung, prostate and stomach.