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Will a global fund for cancer be the answer?

A call for action has been made for the establishment of a global fund for cancer control, but potential donors have not reacted yet, possibly because this task would require an annual expenditure of billions of dollars. Herein, I suggest a less onerous starting point: targeting childhood cancer in Africa guided by well-designed national cancer control plans.

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Stefan, C. Will a global fund for cancer be the answer?. Nat Rev Clin Oncol 15, 195–196 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/nrclinonc.2017.211

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