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Studies show growing problems of non-communicable diseases in low-, middle-income countries

August 16, 2017

The economic and social implications of noncommunicable diseases and what can be done to drive down their global prevalence will be front and center at the U.N.'s first High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases in September. In addition to raising the level of attention to the global burden of noncommunicable diseases, Fineberg said he will be looking for the meeting to generate some concrete plans on  addressing the diseases, including the financial support needed.

"Fundamentally, when you look at the task the world has assigned to the WHO and the U.N. more broadly and you compare that to the resources that have been made available to execute on that strategy the discrepancy is stark and very, very dangerous. We've simply unfunded and over asked what we expect from our global agencies," Fineberg said. He also touched upon the benefits of prevention versus treatment in noncommunicable diseases; the need for strategies to ensure NCD prevention plans don't place greater strains on regions already facing healthcare worker shortages and the lessons that can be drawn from the global response to other diseases, such as HIV/AIDS (Jennifer Evans, Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, 2/4).

Breast, Colon, Lung Cancers On Rise In Developing Countries, Report Says

Marking World Cancer Day on Thursday, the American Cancer Society released a study that found "cancers that are usually more common in developed countries such as lung and breast cancer, are now on the rise in developing countries and will continue to increase unless preventive measures are taken immediately," CNN's "The Chart" blog reports (Bixler, 2/4).

"Obese people are thought to be at higher risk for many so-called 'fat cancers,' including breast and colon cancer," the Associated Press/Miami Herald writes. "For decades, health officials have worried about the impact of cigarette smoking - another nasty habit common in industrialized countries - on lung cancer deaths in developing countries," the news service continues. "But now, they say, it's becoming increasingly urgent that those nations also do something about overeating and poor health habits" (Stobbe, 2/4).

"Undertaking 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity can reduce the risk of breast and colon cancers, according to the new Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health released by WHO" on Thursday, according to a WHO press release (2/3).

This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.