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Mexico’s National Cancer Control Plan: From Development to Implementation

, by Luis Salicrup

Mexico’s National Cancer Institute, Instituto Nacional de Cancerología (INCan), has been designated by its Secretaría de Salud (Secretary of Health) as the leading entity to coordinate the development and implementation of its first National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP). The National Cancer Institute and the Center for Global Health have had a long-standing and successful partnership with INCan, and at their request are identifying new or enhanced ways to provide technical support by way of resources, training, and collaborative programs to facilitate the implementation of the NCCP.

Mexican authorities recognize the need for strengthening their current health policies and integrating research to enhance cancer control efforts across the country. In addition, an emphasis has been placed on building capacity among healthcare professionals within the cancer community to better address the cancer burden in Mexico. To this end, cancer control and research experts from the National Cancer Institute, Center for Global Health; Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences; and Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention are meeting with representatives from Secretaría de Salud, INCan, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (National Institute of Public Health), Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán (National Institute of Nutrition), and Instituto de Medicina Genómica (Institute of Genomic Medicine) in Mexico this week to discuss expanding existing and exploring new collaborations. Areas of interest include cancer control and epidemiology, tobacco control research, cancer research and education training, border health, joint research activities, and scientific journalism training.

The discussions seek to aid Mexico in fulfilling priority areas in cancer control and research, as identified by the Secretaría de Salud and essential stakeholders within the country. We look forward to working closely with Mexico to initiate both short- and long-term joint activities, in support of the implementation of their comprehensive National Cancer Control Plan. 

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