The Cancer Atlas (3rd edition) is a comprehensive global overview of cancer around the globe.
It concludes that progress in the fight against cancer is not only possible, but achievable.
The report was produced by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
It was released at the World Cancer Leaders' Summit in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
The all-new 3rd edition highlights distinct patterns and inequities in the present cancer burden around the world; outlines the risk factors that are driving cancer patterns; and details the prospects for cancer prevention and control.
This theme of the current edition is "Access Creates Progress," drawing attention not only to the problem at hand, but also the means of tackling the cancer burden through access to information and services.
The Cancer Atlas provides information on the global burden of cancer in a user-friendly and accessible form for cancer control advocates, government and public health agencies, and policy makers around the world as well as patients, survivors, and the general public.
In addition to the printed report, the information is included on a comprehensive, interactive website.
Cancer is the leading or second-leading cause of premature death (under age 70) in 91 countries worldwide.
Based on expected population growth and ageing alone, the number of global cancer cases is expected to increase by 60% in 2040.
More widespread distribution of lifestyle factors such as smoking, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity are likely to make that number considerably larger.
Other highlights of the 3rd Edition:
"This much is clear," wrote Gary Reedy, ACS chief executive officer in report's foreword. "We simply must do better to ensure everyone can benefit from advances in the fight against cancer. As you will see in the pages of this Cancer Atlas, Third Edition, progress is not only possible, but also achievable."
"The Cancer Atlas has proved to be an outstanding publication in the past, helping the cancer community communicate the progress we have or have not made, the challenges we face and the areas of focus for future years," wrote Cary Adams, chief executive officer of UICC. "Its beautifully crafted presentations of facts and evidence help us construct compelling messages to better articulate the problem and present solutions. This new edition will once again be circulated widely and inspire those of us who want to see change happen."
"Cancer is an issue of sustainable development," added Elisabete Weiderpass, director of IARC. "Facing the cancer problem is a prerequisite for addressing social and economic inequities, stimulating economic growth, and accelerating sustainable development. I hope that this book will find widespread use, because prevention is, and should continue to be, the first line of attack in tackling the challenges posed by the global cancer epidemic."
Source: American Cancer Society
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