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LIVESTRONG

September 07, 2011 09:42 ET

LIVESTRONG® Delivers Hope for Cancer Care in Developing Countries

LIVESTRONG Report Recommends Practical, Effective, Affordable Strategies to Ensure Cancer Care for Everyone, Everywhere

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Sep 7, 2011) - LIVESTRONG® released today a brief report that recommends practical, effective and affordable strategies to address cancer prevention and treatment needs for countries at all stages of economic development.

Delivering Hope: Cancer Care in the Developing World includes case studies from Rwanda and Jordan and describes how existing health systems designed to treat infectious diseases in low-income countries can be strengthened to address the urgent and growing cancer needs of developing world populations.

Recommendations included in the report focus on interventions that will be the most effective and have the biggest impact on quality of life and survival. The report does not prescribe a new global health fund or dramatic shifts in current global spending.

"Even in the most remote and challenging settings, providing cancer care is often possible -- and the right thing to do," said Doug Ulman, LIVESTRONG president and CEO. "Delivering Hope makes the case for strengthened health systems for healthier people -- across geographic regions, life stages and income levels."

Cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases claim the lives of 36 million people around the world each year. These noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for more deaths than from any other cause. Contrary to prevailing assumption, NCDs significantly impact populations in low- and middle-income countries, where about 80 percent of NCD deaths occur.

Cancer alone kills more people than tuberculosis, AIDS and malaria combined. More than half of new cancer cases and almost two-thirds of cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. By 2030, experts predict that 70 percent of the global cancer burden will be shouldered by the people and economies of the developing world.

"Cancer prevention and treatment are presumed to be too complex and expensive for patients in low-resource care settings," said Lawrence N. Shulman, Chief Medical Officer of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and an author of the brief. "However, it is clear that doing nothing to address growing cancer incidence will be vastly more expensive in the long term. We have been able to show that by building on existing healthcare infrastructures, we can practically and affordably promote the prevention, early detection and timely and successful treatment of cancer: a far more rational and compassionate approach."

Cancer and other chronic diseases will be the subject of the United Nations High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases, which will take place September 19-20 in New York City. NCDs are widely recognized as a major barrier to human development goals including poverty reduction, economic stability, human security and health equality.

LIVESTRONG is calling on member states to continue their efforts to reach consensus on critical goals -- including specific, evidence-based targets; a framework for government accountability; and agreements on access to medicines -- before the High-level Meeting begins this month.

Delivering Hope: Cancer Care in the Developing World is available for download at LIVESTRONG.org/DeliveringHope.

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. Originating with the 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 LIVESTRONG.org.

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