The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) convened a Working Group of 36 international multidisciplinary experts in April 2018 to review the latest research and evidence about social inequalities and cancer. A Commentary, published today in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, provides a summary of the topics addressed by the Working Group. The Commentary highlights IARC’s commitment as the cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) in light of the focus on universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. Three priority areas to reduce social inequalities in cancer were identified: generating knowledge and monitoring progress on cancer inequalities globally, expanding research on prevention, and focusing on reducing inequalities when implementing cancer control measures. The full scientific report will be published later this year.
Vaccarella S, Lortet-Tieulent J, Saracci R, Fidler MM, Conway DI, Vilahur N, et al.
Reducing social inequalities in cancer: setting priorities for research
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