TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Speaking at an event on Tuesday, held to unveil a number of homegrown pharmaceutical products, the health minister said Iran has developed a national program for cancer prevention.
Warning about the spread of cancer, diabetes, and heart and vascular diseases after the country’s success to fight contagious diseases, Namaki said prevention of cancer requires lifestyle changes and local production of modern medicine.
The World Health Organization (WHO), a specialized UN agency concerned with international public health, has defined the necessary steps for a national cancer control program (NCCP).
According to the WHO, a national cancer control program is a public health program designed to reduce the number of cancer cases and deaths and improve quality of life of cancer patients which is done by implementing systematic, equitable and evidence-based strategies for prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and palliation using available resources.
The UN agency also maintains that a national cancer control plan should be goal-oriented, realistic, carefully prepared and appropriately funded through a participatory process in order to be effectively implemented.