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of leading cancer organizations and experts and offers

policy-makers and cancer planners an online platform

dedicated to providing selected resources and tools on

cancer control all conveniently in one place. A key feature is

the map of published national cancer and NCD plans, a

fantastic resource for those setting out to develop plans (see

Fig. 4). In addition, the portal aims to share best practices

and experiences, technical assistance opportunities and

updates on global cancer control initiatives and policy.

Since its launch, the ICCP Portal has served as an

instrumental platform to share over 300 key UICC and ICCP

members' resources on cancer control planning and capacitybuilding.

Recently published at the end of 2014, the WHO

Cancer Country Profiles 2014 and The Cancer Atlas, Second

Edition produced by American Cancer Society, IARC and

UICC, are two vital tools for the cancer community that are

featured on the ICCP Portal. The WHO Cancer Country

Profiles 2014 is an essential tool for informing NCD and

cancer control planning that analyses the global status of

cancer prevention and control (26). Each profile features the

individual country's cancer burden, top cancer trends,

cancer-specific risk factors, capacity for interventions, and

monitoring. The Cancer Atlas reports on the latest available

data and trends on the cancer burden from 184 countries

worldwide providing statistics on the economic and social

burden of cancer as well as steps to take action against it (27).

The ICCP invites expert groups to extend the portal offer,

through building topic-specific Networks

across the cancer care continuum that

identify best practices, key resources and

gaps in those fields. The UICC Cancer

Prevention Network (CPN) is the first

Network to bring this concept to life. The

CPN is a joint initiative between UICC and

Cancer Council Victoria (CCV). The CPN

builds on the expertise across the UICC

membership to equip policy-makers and

cancer advocates in the field of health

promotion and social marketing with

state-of-the-art knowledge exchange and

best practices on cancer prevention,

early detection and screening. The

Network's interactive multimedia library

(see Fig. 5) showcases the latest effective

prevention campaigns and social media

marketing interventions worldwide (28).

Moreover, cancer planning and capacitybuilding

tools such as the Cancer Country

Profiles, Cancer Atlas and CPN underscore

the continuing necessity to monitor and assess gaps in the

global response to addressing the rising cancer epidemic.

The way forward to globally accelerate NCCP

efforts and commitments

Bridging the gaps that currently exist in cancer control

planning is essential to achieving the target of a 25%

reduction in premature mortality from NCDs by 2025. Yet

despite increased awareness of the accelerating global

cancer burden and the staggering economic costs of

cancer, many countries are struggling to take effective

action. Successful cancer control strategies invariably

depend on government support. The failure of NCCPs can

generally be attributed to two factors: lack of funding and

the absence of comprehensive coordination support.

Initiatives such as the recent launch of the ICCP represent

an important milestone in the efforts to redress these

long-standing deficiencies in cancer control planning. By

building capacity through international cooperation, the

ICCP significantly increases the bandwidth that is

available to support national cancer control efforts. The

need remains, however, for greater high-level political

commitments coupled with multi-stakeholder

collaboration. Ultimately, the rising NCD and global cancer

burden underlines the need for coordinated global

initiatives that address cancer control funding, planning

and execution at a national level. l

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26 CANCER CONTROL 2015

Figure 5: ICCP Portal, Cancer Prevention Network Multimedia Library

(ICCP Portal, www.iccp-portal.org, Cancer Prevention Network Multimedia Library)

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