World Cancer Report Updates

The Learning Platform from the 2020 World Cancer Report

World Cancer Report

World Cancer Report provides a comprehensive overview of cancer research for cancer prevention and is published by IARC about every 5 years, most recently in 2020.

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The editors of the 2020 World Cancer Report have identified key themes, or Highlights to guide the development of these learning resources.

FEATURED highlights

Socioeconomic disparities

In most countries, socioeconomic disparities limit the impact of cancer prevention measures. This means that in low-income communities, in ethnic and racial minorities and in Indigenous populations, cancer mortality rates are often higher, and survival rates lower.

Obesity and lifestyle

The risk of cancers at some organ sites can be reduced by making changes to diet and physical activity to lose weight. There is also clear evidence that the greatest change in diet and physical activity across a population can be achieved by combining a policy approach with individual actions.

HPV vaccination

Cervical cancer could be eliminated as a public health problem by vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, even in low income countries where it is the major cancer type. HPV vaccines are a proven, safe and effective means of reducing cervical cancer rates. Future challenges are to extend coverage and achieve universal implementation.

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