Closing the Global Cancer Divide: Together It is Possible (The Huffington Post)

Closing the Global Cancer Divide: Together It is Possible (The Huffington Post)

"On this World Cancer Day, we celebrate the remarkable progress in prevention, detection, care and treatment of cancer. Overall, treatment success has increased dramatically, with survival rates in high income countries like the U.S. now reaching over 90 percent for certain cancers such as breast, prostate, and testicular for patients with access to treatment. But this life-giving progress has yet to reach most of the world's people, who live in developing countries, where over half of new cases and nearly two thirds of all cancer deaths occur. Unforgivably, there is a huge "cancer divide" between rich and poor.

This year's World Cancer Day theme set by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) -- "together it is possible"-- calls on all individuals, organizations and governments to do their part to reduce premature deaths from cancers by 25 percent by 2025.

But there have been four myths that have held back cancer care and control in developing countries. On this World Cancer Day, let's start a global pink revolution to replace the myths with truths and the complacency with action."

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Felicia M. Knaul, MA, PhD, is the Secretariat for the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries (GTF.CCC) and co-editor of "Closing the Cancer Divide: An Equity Imperative."

Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH, a family physician and health management specialist, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Management Sciences for Health (MSH).