Good day Mark
I am in agreement that resources need to be channelled towards prevention snd awareness of cancer.
It is important to give information to the public and health professionals as well. Information that is well packaged and targeted towards the right audience can go a long way in the cancer management continuum.
However, it may be also an added advantage to use available cancer registries to know which are the common cancers and who they are affecting (in terms of demographics). This can assist to come up with targeted programs that are tailormade for different settings. In my opinion this may lead to better outcomes and impact of prevention and awareness drives. Also, efficient and effective allocation of the scarce resources available.
There are also many opportunities available for intergration of cancer management into programs already running in the public and private health sectors of countries.
HIFA profile: Venus Mushininga is a pharmacist with the Ministry of Health and Childcare in Zimbabwe. She is a founder and President of the Zimbabwe Society of Oncology Pharmacy and the Zimbabewan delegate to the European Society of Oncology Pharmacy. Professional interests: Oncology, Dissemination of information through to Health Professionals and the public, Research. She is co-coordinator of the HIFA working group on information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines.
Email: vmushininga AT gmail.com