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

The challenge of cancer control in Africa.

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  • 1Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, Littlegate House, 16-17 St Ebbes Street, Oxford, OX1 1PT, UK.

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  • Nat Rev Cancer. 2008 Sep;8(9):732.


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.

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