Cancer Care in Low-Resource Areas: Cancer Prevention and Early Detection: Workshop Summary (2016)

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Erin Balogh, Margie Patlak, and Sharyl J. Nass, Rapporteurs; National Cancer Policy Forum; Board on Health Care Services; Institute of Medicine; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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Though cancer was once considered to be a problem primarily in wealthy nations, low- and middle-income countries now bear a majority share of the global cancer burden, and cancer often surpasses the burden of infectious diseases in these countries. Effective low-cost cancer control options are available for some malignancies, with the World Health Organization estimating that these interventions could facilitate the prevention of approximately one-third of cancer deaths worldwide. But these interventions remain inaccessible for many people in the world, especially those residing in low-resource communities that are characterized by a lack of funds – on an individual or societal basis – to cover health infrastructure and care costs.