DOH, WHO launch cancer program framework

The Department of Health and the World Health Organization launched on Wednesday the National Integrated Cancer Control Program strategic framework.

The NICCP framework outlines the mission of the National Integrated Cancer Control Council with emphasis on setting priorities and strengthening capacities to achieve the strategic goals of cancer control.

“With the implementation of this strategic framework with our partner agencies, different medical and oncology experts, and partner patient groups, the DOH is confident that the NICCP and key stakeholders will rise above the challenges of cancer control, thus steering us closer to achieving the objectives of Universal Health Care,” DOH Secretary Ted Herbosa said.

“As we commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the National Integrated Cancer Control Act, we urge everyone to adopt a healthy lifestyle and seek prompt consultation to avoid cancer. The DOH will continue to work towards a cancer-free Pilipinas dahil sa Bagong Pilipinas, Bawat Buhay Mahalaga!” he added.

According to the Philippines Statistics Authority, cancer ranked as the second leading cause of death in the country in 2022, with lung, breast, and liver cancers topping the mortality list.

WHO representative to the Philippines Dr. Rui Paulo de Jesus, meanwhile, stressed that universal health coverage and strong primary health care are keys to addressing broader health system factors that influence equitable access to affordable and high-quality cancer care.
“The WHO will continue to support the country in ensuring that the cancer control program is built on an effective health system,” De Jesus added.