What is the role of cancer epidemiology in developing of health policy?
Cancer is an age-related disease - the incidence of most cancers increases with age, rising more rapidly beginning in midlife. As part of the epidemiological transition, cancer incidence is expected to increase in the future, further straining limited health care resources. Descriptive cancer epidemiology holds an important role in influencing policy and research initiatives, from both health systems and scientific perspectives. Appropriate allocation of resources for cancer prevention, early diagnosis, and curative and palliative care requires detailed knowledge of the local burden of cancer.
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