COUNTRY CANCER PROFILES: An Essential Tool for Informing NCD and Cancer Control Planning

Cancer country profiles 2014

In order to combat the global epidemic of cancer and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), it is imperative to create a baseline for monitoring trends and to assess the progress of countries in addressing the epidemic. The aim of the WHO Global Cancer Country Profiles is to synthesize, in one reference document, the global status of cancer prevention and control. Each Profile includes data on cancer mortality and incidence; risk factors; availability of cancer country plans; monitoring and surveillance; primary prevention policies; screening; treatment and palliative care.

 The Profiles NCD image.JPGcan be accessed as PDF documents and can also be downloaded as applications for Android and iOS devices.

The Profiles are available on the iccpo portal here.




Cancer in the Americas: Country Profiles 2013

At the 5th International Cancer Control Congress (ICCC-5) in Lima, Peru, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) released a report entitled "Cancer in the Americas: Country Profiles 2013".

Although cancer represents the second leading cause of death in the Americas there is limited information available on how each country in the region responds to this public health problem. The above report was commissioned to meet the pressing need for more comprehensive information on the country situation with respect to epidemiological status of cancer as well as the capacity of public health programmes for prevention and control of cancer and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

"Cancer in the Americas: Country Profiles 2013" presents data made available to PAHO by its Member States on the current status of cancer risk factors, cancer mortality, cancer and NCD plans, policies and services. The objective is to synthesize, in one reference document, the state of cancer control in countries in the Americas.

Each country profile has the same structure, and summarizes the following country specific information:

  • socio-demographic indicators;
  • main cancer risk factors (tobacco, alcohol, diet, physical inactivity, obesity);
  • ranking of the 10 most frequent cancer types in terms of mortality, by sex, for the latest year with available mortality data;
  • trends in cancer mortality during the period 2000-2010, for all cancer types (excluding skin non-melanoma) and 7 most common cancer types (breast, cervix, colorectal, liver, lung, prostate and stomach), by sex ; and
  • capacity of Ministry of Health for cancer plans, policies and services.

The report is available in English and Spanish. The individual country cancer profiles are also accessible below.

Indicators.jpgCancer in the Americas. Basic indicators 2013

The purpose of “Cancer in the Americas. Basic Indicators 2013” is to disseminate data made available to the Pan American Health Organization by its Member States on the current state of risk factors, cancer mortality as well as cancer plans, policies and services. The data presented in this publication are based on “Cancer in the Americas. Cancer profiles 2013” , facilitating a regional overview of the information as well as country comparison, where appropriate.


This effort to gather essential data on cancer control and capacity by country and throughout a region represents a model replicable in other regions and countries. The methodology can be adapted according to the data available in the specific country and region and can be used as an essential tool for informing cancer control planning and capacity-building.

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