The challenge of cancer control in Africa

Nat Rev Cancer. 2008 May;8(5):398-403. doi: 10.1038/nrc2372.


While the world is focused on controlling the spread of diseases such as HIV and malaria in the developing world, another approaching epidemic has been largely overlooked. The World Heath Organization predicts that there will be 16 million new cancer cases per year in 2020 and 70% of these will be in the developing world. Many of these cancers are preventable, or treatable when detected early enough. Establishing effective, affordable and workable cancer control plans in African countries is one step in the right direction toward limiting this epidemic.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Africa / epidemiology
  • Developing Countries*
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Female
  • Health Care Reform*
  • Health Personnel / education
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • National Health Programs*
  • Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Palliative Care
  • Tobacco
  • World Health Organization