Tackle cancer in Africa now to prevent catastrophe, say health activists

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 17 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1022
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Unless urgent action is taken to try to control the rising incidence of cancer throughout Africa, many hundreds of thousands of lives will be lost to the disease, doctors and politicians warned last week.

    The former UK health secretary Alan Milburn, who chaired a two day conference on cancer in Africa last week, said: “There is a potential catastrophe here, and we have an obligation to stop it. This is as much a priority as HIV [and] AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria—there is no ‘either or.'”

    The meeting, attended by over 130 leaders in world health and cancer control, resulted in the “London declaration on cancer control …

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