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Global Efforts To Reduce Mortality From Cancer, Heart Disease, Other NCDs Off Track, Analysis Shows

CNN: Globally, losing the fight against cancer and other chronic diseases
“More than half of all U.N. countries will fail to honor their commitment to reduce premature deaths from cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes by 2030, a new analysis predicts. … Published Thursday in the medical journal The Lancet, it is the result of a collaboration led by The Lancet, the World Health Organization, Imperial College London and the Non-Communicable Disease Alliance, a nongovernmental organization based in Switzerland…” (Scutti, 9/21).

The Guardian: Global push to cut deaths from cancer and heart disease wildly off course
“…The study, entitled NCD countdown 2030 and published ahead of a high-level U.N. meeting on the subject in New York next week, found that although mortality due to chronic disease is going down, the rate of decline varies significantly, even among countries in the same region. The authors, who believe this may be due to a lack of improvement in risk factors such as smoking, alcohol, and obesity, have called on policymakers to act. The measures they have suggested include the introduction of restrictions, taxation, and advertising bans to reduce the use of alcohol and tobacco. They also called for earlier diagnosis and treatment of chronic disease…” (Boateng, 9/21).

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