publication date: Jan. 31, 2014


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The International Prevention Research Institute has published “The State of Oncology 2013,” a report that highlights disparate cancer outcomes between higher- and lower-resource countries and proposes long-term recommendations.


In a conversation with The Cancer Letter, lead author and IPRI President Peter Boyle said the nearly 500-page document is “different from most books and textbooks in that it concentrates on patients and their problems, rather than basic science, genetics, and all the underlying scientific work that is going on in cancer at the present time.”


The full report is available on the IPRI website.


According to the report, the global cancer burden has doubled over the past 25 years and is set to double again before 2030. As incidence, mortality, and prevalence increase, low- and middle-income countries struggle to keep up as these nations have limited access to cancer diagnostics and treatments. About 30 African countries have no radiotherapy machines.


“The issue is long-term,” said Boyle, professor of global public health at Strathclyde University and former director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer at the World Health Organization. “If nothing is done, then the situation of the cancer outcome, in a broader sense, between the high and the lower-resource countries … Continue reading 40-05 Conversation with TCL: Peter Boyle

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