World Cancer Declaration

Originally launched in 2006, the World Cancer Declaration (the Declaration) has helped to bring the growing cancer crisis to the attention of government leaders and        health policy-makers, and to drive new government commitments in the global fight against cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

 

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), its membership and partners are committed to delivering the targets of the World Cancer Declaration. Innovative and strategic partnerships with organisations committed to the fight against cancer are vital for building momentum towards the 2025 targets. Together we aim to save millions of lives by focusing on what needs to be done, taking the lead in:

•  Convening the global cancer control community

•  Advocacy and putting cancer on the global health and development agenda

•  Coordinating high-impact global actions


 


OVERARCHING GOAL BY 2025:

Target 01- Health systems will be strengthened to ensure sustained delivery of effective and comprehensive, patient-centred cancer control programmes across the life-course 

Target 02- Population-based cancer registries and surveillance systems will be established in all countries to measure the global cancer burden and the  impact of national cancer control programmes

Target 03- Global tobacco consumption, overweight and obesity, unhealthy diet, alcohol intake, and levels of physical inactivity, as well as exposure to other  known cancer risk factors will have fallen significantly

Target 04- The cancer causing infections HPV and HBV will be covered by universal vaccination programmes

Target 05- Stigma associated with cancer will be reduced, and damaging myths and misconceptions about the disease will be dispelled

   Target 06- Population-based screening and early detection programmes will be universally implemented, and levels of public and professional awareness about important cancer warning signs and symptoms will have improved

Target 07- Access to accurate cancer diagnosis, quality multimodal treatment, rehabilitation, supportive and palliative care services, including the availability of affordable essential medicines and technologies, will have improved

Target 08- Effective pain control and distress management services will be universally available

     Target 09- Innovative education and training opportunities for healthcare professionals in all disciplines of cancer control will have improved significantly, particularly in low- and middle-income countries




IMMEDIATE ACTIONS

FOR ALL COUNTRIES

Building on the Global NCD Action Plan (2013-2020) agreed by Member States at the World Health Assembly in May 2013, the global cancer community has identified a set of immediate actions for all stakeholders, in particular governments, to advance progress towards the 9 World Cancer Declaration targets

 

RAISE THE PRIORITY ACCORDED TO CANCER PREVENTION AND CONTROL IN GLOBAL, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL AGENDAS AND INTERNATIONALLY AGREED DEVELOPMENT GOALS

 Communicate effectively to governments and national, regional and global policy makers that cancer control policies, and resources need to be aligned with the health, social and economic burden caused by cancer, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.


REDUCE MODIFIABLE RISK FACTORS FOR CANCER

 Increase efforts to reduce exposure to known cancer and common NCD risk factors, particularly tobacco use, the leading risk factor for cancer. Emphasis should be given to the implementation of evidence-based strategies, public education, legislative, regulatory, and fiscal measures


 


STRENGTHEN AND ORIENT HEALTH

SYSTEMS TO ADDRESS THE PREVENTION

AND CONTROL OF CANCER

 Early Detection and Screening

 Undertake research and introduce training so that behavioural and social factors contributing to the delay in seeking early detection can be understood and reduced.


  


Treatment and Care

•  Raise awareness about the need for multidisciplinary treatment, including surgery, radiotherapy and systemic therapy.

•  Raise awareness about the need for a holistic approach to cancer care that encompasses mental health, rehabilitative, supportive and palliative care.

•  Promote the development and use of cancer management guidelines that are relevant to local needs and resources, and encompass the provision of quality treatment and care.

•  Work transparently and ethically with industry to ensure access to safe, affordable, and effective cancer medicines, vaccines, radiotherapy and other technologies, particularly those that support diagnosis.

•  Take steps to remove the many barriers to optimal pain control.


 


 The 9 global voluntary NCD targets set out in the GMF, to be achieved by 2025, include:

•  A 25% relative reduction in risk of premature mortality from NCDs

•  At least 10% reduction in the harmful use of alcohol

•  A 10% relative reduction in prevalence of insufficient physical activity

•  A 30% relative reduction in prevalence of current tobacco use in persons aged 15+ years

•  Halt in the rise in diabetes and obesity

•  An 80% availability of affordable basic technologies and essential medicines

 

In order to advance this work, UICC plans to draw on the wealth of expertise and knowledge across the breadth of its membership and partners, to develop a comprehensive framework for the monitoring and evaluation of all Declaration targets. At the World Cancer Congress in 2016, we pledge to share an Interim World Cancer Declaration Report, highlighting progress since the launch in 2008 using targets and indicators that have now been secured in the GMF and pressing for improvements and additional measurables where needed. This report will draw heavily on the input and leadership of UICC members and partners in its development, so we will be looking to you to work with us in bringing this project to fruition. For further information, please contact: advocacy@uicc.org  or visit  www.uicc.org/world-cancer-declaration