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Global Registry, Reliable Statistics Critical To Accelerating Cancer Research

Forbes: The Developing World Needs A Cancer Moonshot
Emily Munn, Forbes contributor

“…[W]hat would a cancer moonshot for the rest of the world look like? … Right now, cancer statistics for many developing countries are not reliable for a number of reasons: These numbers aren’t counted regularly; indigenous people aren’t included; autocratic regimes purposely fudge numbers to give the impression of a healthier population; or the IT structure needed for such a registry is lacking. … A global cancer registry would help to track cancer incidences and survival rates around the world and identify emerging cancer cluster and other cancer trends. Cancer is an incredibly diverse disease and exists in many types. By collecting data on patients in other parts of the world, researchers can glean more insights on cancer patterns that will hopefully inform new therapies and diagnostics. Until then, [Vice President Joe] Biden’s Cancer Moonshot will likely fall short in helping patients living in the poorest regions of the world” (8/31).

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