2017 World Health Assembly cancer resolution: From global commitment to national action
Today, health leaders from across the world reaffirmed cancer control as a critical health and development priority as they adopted a new cancer resolution at the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
The John Wayne Cancer Foundation joined the Union for International Cancer Control in their campaign to encourage passage of the 2017 cancer resolution by the World Health Organization. With 1 in 3 people directly affected by cancer and 8.8 million annual deaths, this disease is one of the world’s most pressing health concerns.
Cancer is estimated to cost world economies as much as US$1.16 trillion annually – a figure that is projected to grow exponentially if action is not taken now to reduce the spiralling growth in the number of cases and the impact on both individuals and healthcare budgets. The 2017 cancer resolution is a direct response to this challenge.
The resolution contains four key drivers to impact cancer mortality by 2025:
- Early diagnosis programmes for cervical, breast, colorectal and oral cancers
- Development of partnerships, referral networks and of centres of excellence for improving the quality of cancer diagnosis, treatment and care services and facilitating multidisciplinary cooperation
- Training of health professionals at all levels of health care, and
- Strengthening of palliative care and promotion of cancer survivors’ follow up and rehabilitation.
This is the first time a cancer-specific agenda item has been discussed at the World Health Assembly since 2005. “We commend the WHO’s commitment to passing this resolution. Fighting cancer has long been a priority for John Wayne and we are pleased that cancer treatment and care is now a more critical global issue.” said Ethan Wayne, Chairman, JWCF.