UICC Handbook for South Asia
“Most countries in South Asia have already initiated some cancer control efforts at local and national levels. Intensive research for the development of low cost technological tools for the early detection of oral, cervix, and breast cancers has also been conducted in this region over the last decade. It is now very opportune for all the countries in South Asia to bind this information into culturally appropriate and logistically feasible national cancer control programs.”
In 2006, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) partnered with the Tata Memorial Centre, the Indian Council for Medical Research, and the Indian Cancer Society to publish a handbook for on cancer awareness, prevention, and control for South Asian countries, tailored for medical professionals, South Asian institutions, and international NGOs.
According the UICC, the handbook “focuses on the current cancer scenario in the region and discusses strategies to meet the challenges of the future.”
The Handbook examines:
- The cancer burden in South Asia, including social disparities
- Evaluation of preventative interventions
- Major risk factors, including tobacco, occupational exposures, infections, and diet
- Successful awareness and screening programs
- Existing national cancer control programs in South Asia, including an example of a model program
- Future directions for the cancer community in South Asia
Countries profiled in the Handbook include Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.