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WHO releases new global cancer framework

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new Global Breast Cancer Initiative Framework to provide a roadmap to attain the target of saving 2.5 million lives from the disease by 2040.

In a statement on the organisation’s website, the new Framework urges countries to implement the three pillars of health promotion for early detection, timely diagnosis, and comprehensive management of breast cancer to reach the targets.

According to the statement, there are more than 2.3 million cases of breast cancer that occur each year, which make it the most common cancer among adults.

In 95% of countries, breast cancer is the first or second leading cause of female cancer deaths, yet survival from breast cancer is widely inequitable between and within countries where nearly 80% of deaths from breast and cervical cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries, the statement explained.

The new framework outlines three pillars of action with specific key performance indicators, which include recommending countries to focus on breast cancer early detection programmes, diagonising breast cancer within 60 days of initial presentation, and managing breast cancer so that at least 80% of patients complete their recommended treatment.

Writing by Emmanuel Kutara; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Tony Okerafor