53rd World Health Assembly presided over by Dr. Libertina Amathila (Namibia) endorsed “Global strategy for non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention and control,” which outlined major objectives for monitoring, preventing, and managing NCDs, with special emphasis on major NCDs with common risk factors and determi- nants— cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease.
The entire human genome is mapped.
Charter of Paris against Cancer is signed.
International Childhood Cancer Day was launched, its aim to raise awareness of the 250,000 children worldwide who get cancer every year. Some 80% of these children have little or no access to treatment. The first annual event in 2002 was supported in 30 countries around the world and raised over US$100,000 for parent organizations to help children in their own countries.
WHO cancer prevention and control resolution approved by World Health Assembly.
WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control came into force, using international law to further public health and prevent cancer.
The US Federal Drug Administration approved the first HPV vaccine to prevent infections that cause cervical cancer.
Lung cancer deaths reduced by low-dose computed tomography (CT) scanning of people at high risk.
UN High Level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases in New York, USA.