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Reduction of cancer burden across Africa

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Published: 14.12.11
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Dr Chris Wild - International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France

Dr Chris Wild speaks to about measures that can be taken to reduce cancer burden within Africa. Cancers such as liver or cervical cancer are caused by infections and can be effectively controlled with vaccines. Additional measures such as screening for breast or liver cancer would increase treatment success significantly; however preventing wide scale uptake of smoking would be the single best way to combat rising cancer levels.

Cancer registries are essential tools to understand the extent of cancer burdens and to make informed policy decisions. However, very few African countries have systems in place to collect this information. The International Agency for Research on Cancer is launching a global initiative for cancer registry development in low- and middle-income countries. Dr Wild discusses this initiative and emphasises the need for affordable treatments to prevent deaths from curable diseases.

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