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INTRODUCTION

CANCER CONTROL 2014 9

We were very pleased with the response of

readers around the world to the 2013 edition of

Cancer Control. Many found the articles helpful

in their daily battle to control cancer with limited resources

and valued the information on latest developments and best

practice. For example, a Commissioner at the Nigerian

Ministry of Health reported that he was using Cancer Control

to "equip my team with up-to-date information in response

to the challenge of rising cancer incidence", a Middle-East

NGO said they were using the publication for "promoting

cancer control programmes in the Middle East" and the

Head of the Nairobi Cancer Registry said they read it to "be

up-to-date with new information on cancer". There are many

more examples from all around the world.

In this second edition, we turn our attention to cancer

control planning, especially in the light of the upcoming

revision of the Millennium Development Goals, with articles

from NGOs, politicians and academics looking at priorities,

what can be expected and which bodies and task forces will

enforce them. Our cancer management section, moves us

closer to the frontline with key appraisals of the changes in

incidence of breast and cervical cancer in low- and middleincome countries as they

develop, the continuing

importance of radiotherapy and the need to support its

expansion, how cancer training should be reformed to allow

doctors to remain in hospitals rather than spending time

away at universities and we also look at cancer congresses:

why people attend and what they get from them?

Vaccines for cervical cancer offer real hope for cancer

prevention worldwide and we have studies from Africa and

China which consider how to maximize access to these

vaccines. We also report on considerable successes in curing

retinoblastoma in French-speaking Africa. Our regional

initiatives section is again full of programmes to counter the

impact of cancer: one of the simplest, but most important, is

the initiative by the Indian Ministry of Railways, whose

scheme of reduced fares for cancer suffers helps improve

access to care in a very direct way and overcomes the

isolation that can be a real barrier to diagnosis and

treatment.

We hope you find much in the 2014 edition to ponder and

to find useful in your working life, and hope you will also

share with us your own experiences, issues and initiatives, as

well as topics you would like to see us cover in future

editions. In 2015, we will be looking further at national

cancer plans and would welcome contact from those directly

involved.

Finally, please visit www.cancercontrol.info where you will

have access to articles from both editions of Cancer Control

as well as more information about cancer control in

emerging countries and the work of INCTR. l

Dr Ian Magrath, Editor-in-Chief, Cancer Control 2014

Tim Probart, Publisher, Cancer Control 2014

WELCOME TO THE SECOND

EDITION OF CANCER CONTROL

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