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Cancer control and the National Cancer Control Initiative

J Mark Elwood and Paul D Ireland
Med J Aust 2002; 177 (3): 127-128.
Published online: 5 August 2002

The NCCI is supporting many projects for improvement

Many countries place great importance on their strategy for cancer control. The precedent was set by former US President Nixon's "war on cancer", declared in 1971, with the goal of reducing cancer incidence by 50% by the year 2000.1 This optimistic aim occasioned an unprecedented expansion of the US National Cancer Institute, its budget reaching $3.5 billion in 2001.2 More recently, the UK National Health Service embarked on a comprehensive reform of cancer services.3 The high profile of cancer in Western countries relates to its associated high morbidity, the high level of public awareness of the disease and the rapidity of research advances.

  • J Mark Elwood1
  • Paul D Ireland2

  • 1 National Cancer Control Initiative, Carlton, VIC.
  • 2 National Institute of Clinical Studies, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: mark.elwood@ncci.org.au

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