PRESS RELEASE: DCP3 Releases Latest Volume: Cancer

SEATTLE, Washington – The latest Disease Control Priorities 3rd Edition (DCP3) volume on cancer, available today, gathers essential cost-effective information to provide evidence-based guidance to decision makers worldwide. It’s available and accessible online now at and through the World Bank’s Open Knowledge Repository.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) estimates that 3.4 million, or 77%, of all premature cancer deaths in 2012 occurred in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Cancer, which explores this avoidable burden, is the second installment in the DCP3 series published by the World Bank Group. [QUOTE] says lead editor Hellen Gelband, Associate Director at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy.

For an estimated $1.70-$5.70 per capita, low- and middle-income countries can offer an “essential package” of cancer control interventions, which can be tailored to local conditions. This package includes cost-effective cancer prevention, screening, and treatment services that go beyond those which are feasible only at the primary care level. The volume also addresses the financial impact that cancer can have on household economies and how this impact varies by family, education, literacy, and income levels.

The strategies and services discussed are meant to provide a foundation upon which low- and middle-income countries can expand their cancer control through the adaptation of such services according to the country’s specific health needs and economic feasibility. Susan Horton, editor and Professor at the University of Waterloo, explains, “Given the anticipated increases in public spending on health, it is estimated that the majority of LMICs will be able to implement a locally customized essential package of services by 2030.”

Cancer is being launched today at the AORTIC 10th International Conference on Cancer in Africa in Marrakesh, Morocco.  Editors Hellen Gelband, Susan Horton, and Rengaswamy Sankararanarayanan will be joined by authors Sumit Gupta and Lynette Denny as they present the volume’s main messages and recommendations.

The volume was developed by the Disease Control Priorities Network at the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The volume is one of nine planned volumes in the DCP3 series that will be published throughout 2015-2016.

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