Sexual and reproductive health

National cancer control programmes:

Policies and managerial guidelines - Second edition

World Health Organization, Department of Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion

National cancer control programmes: policies and Managerial Guidelines

Publication details

Number of pages: 204
Publication date: 2008
Languages: English
ISBN: 92 4 154557 7


Now in a second edition, this publication explains how national cancer control programmes, integrated with existing health systems, represent the best available method to control both the causes and the consequences of cancer. Recommendations are drawn from a strong conceptual management framework and from the practical experience of over 50 countries. This comprehensive approach addresses all aspects of cancer control including prevention, treatment and palliation. It stresses the need for basing policies and programmes on evidence, and promotes a systematic, balanced and coordinated approach to their development and implementation.

This new edition incorporates WHO's current policy advice on a range of risk factors and outlines global initiatives, such as the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control, which will complement national activities. The different resource settings in developed and developing countries are carefully considered, and suggestions for national programmes tailored to individual country needs are clearly set out.