The incorrect use of antibiotics can lead to the development of resistant or invulnerable bacteria. This means that antibiotics may no longer be effective on these bacteria.
What can your organisation do to contribute in the fight against antimicrobial resistance?
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- Sign up in support of the campaign. By e-mailing us your logo, you officially support the campaign and permit the use of your logo in our global advocacy on AMR and cancer. Please include your contact information when e-mailing your logo.
- Tweet about this global issue – remember to add #AMRcancer and other relevant tags
- Present the cancer perspective to your national authorities who work on the issue of antibiotic resistance. Many people are affected by cancer, and cancer societies have the capacity to impact policy.
- Contribute to raise the awareness of the general population, the medical community, and other relevant stakeholders on the necessity to restrict the use of antibiotics. Emphasise on the need for research and development of new antibiotics.
Antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics, are medicines that are active against a range of infections, such as those caused by bacteria (antibiotics), viruses (antivirals), fungi (antifungis) and parasites (including antimalarias). Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) arises when the micro-organisms which causes infection survive exposure to the medicine that would normally kill them or stop their growth (e.g. antibiotic resistance when bacteria survive exposure to antibiotics).
An increased prevalence of antibiotic resistance combined with a lack of development of new antibiotics may become one of the world’s greatest threats to public health. In 2050, the number of deaths related to AMR could reach 10 million. A person will die every three seconds. This issue is not new – AMR including antibiotic resistance has long been considered as an impending crisis. We must act now to prevent it from happening.
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Antimicrobial resistance and its devastating consequences for cancer treatment have attracted far too little attention. If we do nothing, we risk having to witness that important progress made in cancer treatment can be set back decades. Please do not hesitate to contact us.