Cancer

Strategies to improve and strengthen cancer control programmes in Europe

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Publication details

Editors: WHO
Number of pages: 32
Publication date: 2004
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/CHP/CPM/PCC/04.1

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Overview

This report is a product of consultation undertaken by WHO with 17 European countries aimed to strengthen collaborative efforts to improve cancer control programmes in Europe to reduce the cancer burden, to reduce cancer inequalities, and to achieve the best possible quality of life for cancer patients and their families.

A firm basis was established for the development and refinement of cancer control programmes in Europe by analysing the extent and trends of the cancer problem and current cancer control strategies, with special focus upon performance evaluation of such strategies. There are performance gaps in the cancer control programmes of all countries in Europe. Currently the major emphasis is put on diagnosis and treatment and quite often prevention, early detection and palliative care are neglected and not integrated in the national plans.