ESMO emphasises importance of cancer on the global health agenda
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IMAGE: At the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, ESMO delivered two statements positioning cancer as a priority on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global agenda. view more 

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LUGANO, Switzerland, 24 May 2018 – At the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, (1) ESMO, the leading professional organisation for medical oncology, delivered two statements positioning cancer as a priority on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global agenda. Presenting its recommendations for action to the international community, ESMO advocated the strengthening of health systems to achieve Universal Health Coverage and to provide essential secondary healthcare services to the millions of cancer patients who die prematurely due to lack of access to appropriate treatment. In particular, ESMO called on the WHO to ensure that governments would be required to take specific actions in the interest of cancer control.

The widespread availability of secondary healthcare services to cancer patients – ESMO stressed at the WHA – depends on the presence of sufficient numbers of well-trained oncology professionals with sustainable access to the resources required to perform surgery, deliver radiotherapy, administer cancer treatments, and provide supportive and palliative care. ESMO is active

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