Reports Outline Importance Of Addressing Cancer Burden Through Health Systems Change, Trade Rules

New York Times: The Global Cancer Burden
“Cancer is on the rise around the world and poses a particular threat in many low- and middle-income countries. … The findings [of a recent International Agency for Research on Cancer report] underscore the importance of strengthening the health care systems of low-income countries that are battling a host of disease problems. … The American Cancer Society issued a report last month that focused on Africa as a likely future epicenter of a tobacco epidemic. … If nothing is done to reduce smoking, the report estimates that adult smokers in Africa will soar to 572 million by 2100, up from 77 million today. That makes it imperative that international trade agreements uphold the ability of individual countries to regulate the sale and marketing of tobacco products within their borders…” (12/24).

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