CANCER IN BASRAH: A STRATEGY FOR THE FUTURE
The Medical Journal of Basrah University,
2009, Volume 27, Issue 1, Pages 11-14
Cancer can be controlled by at least five synchronized strategies: population-based registration, prevention using both
high risk and population approaches, adequate services for early detection and treatment, palliative care and research
In this paper, we present a view on how to adopt such multi-approach strategy to contain cancer in Basrah and in
Iraq. The assumptions behind our view are:
1. Cancer is an important public health problem
2. Cancer is a growing public health problem
3. Many cancers are preventable, many others can be cured and only small proportions lie outside the domains of
prevention and cure.
4. The strategy encompasses all necessary partners (academic, health, environmental, NGOs …etc)
We believe that the first correct step in the strategy is adequate population-based cancer registration. The authors are
prepared to discuss their views with open constructive mind.
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