commitment to training analysts in cancer survival measured gets done.” Global inequalities in cancer survival
techniques. The training programme is designed to help are wide, and potentially avoidable. Unless they are
improve the capacity of cancer registries to undertake measured, and reported regularly, nothing will be done to
survival analyses independently. The Cancer Survival Group ameliorate them.
at the London School of Hygiene has run annual courses since Global surveillance of cancer survival will shine a new light
2006. Over 300 students from 40 countries have attended on the effectiveness of national health systems in managing
these courses, and a further 350 or so have attended our the world’s growing cancer burden. Surveillance will highlight
courses and advanced workshops in seven other countries in international differences, national trends and racial/ethnic
the last few years. The capacity-building component of the inequalities in cancer survival. The information will stimulate
CONCORD programme is growing, and we are seeking cancer patients, the wider public and politicians to seek
training fellowships to support cancer registry scientists from improvement. l
low- and middle-income countries.
Professor Michel P Coleman qualified in medicine in Oxford last
Global spotlight on noncommunicable disease century and practised in internal medicine and general practice
The United National General Assembly High-Level Meeting before deserting to epidemiology. He worked in the Cancer
in New York in September 2011 set new strategic objectives Epidemiology Unit in Oxford (1984–87), at WHO’s
for worldwide control of noncommunicable diseases54. The International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon
UN resolution emphasized the need for wider research into (1987–1991), and as Medical Director of the Thames Cancer
global prevention and control of all noncommunicable Registry in London (1991–95). He has been Professor of
diseases, including cancer, because of their rapidly growing Epidemiology and Vital Statistics at the London School of
impact on public health in developing countries in particular. Hygiene & Tropical Medicine since 1995.
At a preparatory conference in Russia in April 2011, Dr His research has focused on time trends and socioeconomic
Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, said: “Without inequalities in cancer incidence, mortality and survival, and their
global goals or targets, this is not going to fly – what gets application to improve public health policy for cancer control.
Jemal A, Bray F, Center MM, Ferlay J, Ward E, Forman D. Global cancer statistics. CA health insurance coverage. Arch Intern Med 2003; 163: 2135-44
Cancer J Clin 2011; 61: 69-90 http://dx.doi.org/10.3322/caac.20107 10.
Sankaranarayanan R, Swaminathan R, Brenner H, Chen K, Chia KS, Chen JG, Law
International Atomic Energy Agency. Inequity in cancer care: a global perspective. IAEA SCK, Ahn YO, Xiang YB, Yeole BB, Shin HR, Shanta V, Woo ZH, Martin N, Sumitsawan
Human Health Reports No. 3 . Vienna, IAEA, 2011. Y, Sriplung H, Barboza AO, Eser S, Nene BM, Suwanrungruang K, Jayalekshmi P,
Coleman MP, Quaresma M, Berrino F, Lutz J-M, De Angelis R, Capocaccia R, Baili P, Dikshit R, Wabinga H, Esteban DB, Laudico A, Bhurgri Y, Bah E, Al-Hamdan N. Cancer
Rachet B, Gatta G, Hakulinen T, Micheli A, Sant M, Weir HK, Elwood JM, Tsukuma H, survival in Africa, Asia, and Central America: a population-based study. Lancet Oncol
Koifman S, Azevedo e Silva G, Francisci S, Santaquilani M, Verdecchia A, Storm HH, 2010; 11: 165-73 PM:20005175
Young JL, CONCORD Working Group. Cancer survival in five continents: a Anderson BO, Cazap E, El Saghir NS, Yip CH, Khaled HM, Otero IV, Adebamowo CA,
worldwide population-based study (CONCORD). Lancet Oncol 2008; 9: 730-56 Badwe RA, Harford JB. Optimisation of breast cancer management in low-resource
Mostert S, Arora RS, Arreola M, Bagai P, Friedrich P, Gupta S, Kaur G, Koodiyedath B, and middle-resource countries: executive summary of the Breast Health Global
Kulkarni K, Lam CG, Luna-Fineman S, Pizer B, Rivas S, Rossell N, Sitaresmi MN, Initiative consensus, 2010. Lancet Oncol 2011; 12: 387-98
Tsimicalis A, Weaver M, Ribeiro RC. Abandonment of treatment for childhood cancer: http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1470204511700316
position statement of a SIOP PODC Working Group. Lancet Oncol 2011 Berrino F, Capocaccia R, Coleman MP, Estève J, Gatta G, Hakulinen T, Micheli A, Sant
PM:21719348 M, Verdecchia A, eds. Survival of cancer patients diagnosed in Europe: the
Micheli A, Coebergh JWW, Mugno E, Massimiliani E, Sant M, Oberaigner W, Holub J, EUROCARE-3 study. Ann Oncol 2003; 14 (Suppl. 5): pp1-155
Storm HH, Forman D, Quinn MJ, Aareleid T, Sankila R, Hakulinen T, Faivre J, Ziegler Berrino F, De Angelis R, Sant M, Rosso S, Lasota MB, Coebergh JWW, Santaquilani M,
H, Tryggvadóttir L, Zanetti R, Dalmas M, Visser O, Langmark F, Bielska-Lasota M, EUROCARE Working Group. Survival for eight major cancers and all cancers
Wronkowski Z, Pinheiro PS, Brewster DH, Pleško I, Pompe-Kirn V, Martinez-Garcia combined for European adults diagnosed in 1995-99: results of the EUROCARE-4
C, Barlow L, Moller T, Lutz J-M, Andre M, Steward JA. European health systems and study. Lancet Oncol 2007; 8: 773-83
cancer care. Ann Oncol 2003; 14 (Suppl. 5): 41-61 14.
Capocaccia R, Gavin A, Hakulinen T, Lutz J-M, Sant M, eds. Survival of cancer patients
Vercelli M, Lillini R, Capocaccia R, Micheli A, Coebergh JWW, Quinn M, Martinez- diagnosed in Europe, 1995-2002: the EUROCARE-4 study. Eur J Cancer 2009; 45
Garcia C, Quaglia A. Cancer survival in the elderly: effects of socio-economic factors (Suppl. 6): pp901-1094
and health care system features (ELDCARE project). Eur J Cancer 2006; 42: 234-42 15.
Commission of the European Communities. Communication from the Commission to
PM:16359860 the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee
Kogevinas M, Porta M. Socioeconomic differences in cancer survival: a review of the and the Committee of the Regions on Action against Cancer: European Partnership.
evidence. In: Kogevinas M, Pearce N, Susser M, Boffetta P, eds. Social inequalities and Commission of the European Communities 24 Jun 2009.
cancer. (IARC Scientific Publications No. 138). Lyon: International Agency for http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_information/dissemination/diseases/docs/com_2009_2
Research on Cancer; 1997, pp177-206. 91.en.pdf, last accessed 24 June 2009.
Woods LM, Rachet B, Coleman MP. Origins of socio-economic inequalities in cancer Coleman MP, Alexe DM, Albreht T, McKee CM, eds. Responding to the challenge of
survival: a review. Ann Oncol 2006; 17: 5-19 doi:10.1093/annonc/mdj007 cancer in Europe. Ljubljana: Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia;
McDavid K, Tucker T, Sloggett A, Coleman MP. Cancer survival in Kentucky and 2008, pp1-327
64 CANCER CONTROL 2013