Cancer Care in Low-Resource Areas: Cancer Prevention and Early Detection: Workshop Summary


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Effective low-cost cancer control options are available for some malignancies, but these interventions remain inaccessible for many people in the world, especially those residing in low-resource communities. Disparities in cancer outcomes can also be found in high-income countries—communities within wealthier nations especially if they have challenges accessing cancer prevention and cancer care services. Few guidelines and strategies for cancer control consider the appropriateness and feasibility of interventions in low-resource settings, and may undermine the effectiveness of these efforts. Recognizing the challenges of providing cancer care in these settings, the National Cancer Policy Forum (NCPF) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine developed a workshop series examining cancer care in low-resource communities: the first workshop focused on cancer prevention and early detection and was held on October 26 and 27, 2015. This report is a summary of the presentations and discussions at the workshop. A major goal of the workshop was to facilitate discussion and encourage workshop participants to share ideas about how to improve cancer prevention and early detection among low-resource settings throughout the world.