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The challenge ahead | IHME

“To decrease the number of cases and deaths worldwide from these cancers, policymakers should consider the most troubling trend IHME found: the rising number of deaths in women of reproductive age […] Based on current trends, breast and cervical cancer are likely to soon approach maternal causes as a critical driver of mortality in women of reproductive age in developing countries.”

Released by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in 2011, “The Challenge Ahead: Progress and Setbacks in Breast and Cervical Cancer” outlines global, regional, and country trends in cancer cases, deaths, and risks over the past three decades. IHME’s report also suggests policy recommendations around research and data focused on cancer in resource-poor settings, including expanding data collection, improving cancer registries, implementing new techniques in verbal autopsy, conducting further studies on health policy gaps, and implementing cancer control strategies in these countries.

The report includes sections on:

  • Data, figures, and tables
  • Making breast and cervical cancer a reproductive health priority
  • Breast cancer: cases rise, but deaths increase at a slower pace
  • Cervical cancer: cases increase with little progress in reducing deaths
  • Changing cancer’s course globally
  • Regional overviews and country data

Research for the IHME report was funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.