According to an article published in Nature Reviews by a panel of international experts, cancer research in Africa will have a pivotal role in cancer control planning in this continent. The next steps required to create sustainable and impactful research programs there will enable evidenced-based cancer control approaches and planning at the local, regional and national levels.
I. Adewole, D.N Martin, M.J. Williams, C. Adebamowo, K. Bhatia et al.
Building capacity for sustainable research programmes for cancer in Africa.
Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology (2014), doi:10.1038/nrclinonc.2014.37, Published online 11 March 2014.
Researchers at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, South Africa, and IARC quantify the association between geographical access to health care and more advanced stage at breast cancer diagnosis, a strong prognostic indicator. In a peri-urban South African setting, women living beyond 20 km from the hospital had a considerably later stage at diagnosis, a shorter distance than previously thought. This effect was more pronounced in an underrepresented group of patients over the age of 70. Targeting efforts for early diagnosis of breast cancer in these women could improve diagnostic stage and help reduce the number of lives taken by breast cancer in these settings. This study is published in the International Journal of Cancer.
C. Dickens, M. Joffe, J. Jacobson, F. Venter, J. Schüz, H. Cubasch, V. McCormack
Stage at breast cancer diagnosis and distance from diagnostic hospital in a periurban setting: A South African public hospital case series of over 1,000 women.
Int J Cancer. doi: 10.1002/ijc.28861. [Article first published online: 7 APR 2014]
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Improving Public Health Through Mycotoxin Control
IARC Scientific Publication, No 158
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