August 22, 2011 08:00 ET

LIVESTRONG® Commends Efforts by United Nations to Confront the Global Epidemic of Noncommunicable Disease

Calls on U.S. and Member States to Continue Work Towards Meaningful Targets and Commitments in Advance of September's High-Level Meeting

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Aug 22, 2011) - LIVESTRONG® applauds the ongoing efforts by the United Nations and member states to address the global challenge of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases. The United Nations High-level Meeting will take place this September 19-20 in New York City before the 65th Session of the General Assembly.

"LIVESTRONG is pleased that global leaders are convening at the United Nations to address this urgent and growing global health challenge," said Doug Ulman, LIVESTRONG president and CEO. "The event marks a unique, historic first step and a significant opportunity to counter the NCD epidemic, which threatens healthy lives and growing economies worldwide."

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death each year, causing 36 million deaths in 2008 and accounting for 63 percent of all global deaths.1 However, low-cost, effective and practical strategies -- from the reduction of risk factors to early detection and timely treatment -- can be used to treat and prevent NCDs, anywhere and everywhere, without straining health systems.

LIVESTRONG calls on member states to continue their efforts to reach consensus on critical goals when negotiations resume in September -- including specific, evidence-based targets; a framework for government accountability; and agreements on access to medicines.

LIVESTRONG works to improve the lives of people affected by cancer -- everywhere. LIVESTRONG and its global advocates are committed to an enduring collaboration with government leaders, multilateral institutions, civil society groups and global health alliances to avert the looming NCD crisis and save lives.

About LIVESTRONG/Lance Armstrong Foundation
LIVESTRONG serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world's leading cause of death. Created as the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the organization is now known publicly by its powerful brand -- LIVESTRONG -- and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. Known for its iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG has become a symbol of hope and inspiration to people affected by cancer around the world. Since its inception, the organization has raised more than $400 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit

1 World Health Organization, Global Status Report on noncommunicable diseases 2010, last accessed on 15 August 2011, at

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