Reasons for our international involvement

  • 1 out of 6 deaths in the world is due to cancer

  • Nearly 10 million die from cancer each year

  • Approximately 70 percent of deaths due to cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries

  • Around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use

  • Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22 percent of cancer deaths

  • Cancer causing infections, such as hepatitis and human papilloma virus (HPV), are responsible for up to 25 percent of cancer cases in low- and middle-income countries

Source: WHO

Goals for our international involvement

  1. To increase the number of countries that sign the International Convention for Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), and to implement the measures that the Convention requires member states to enforce.Our long-term experience and work in tobacco prevention in Norway may be utilized when assisting developing countries in implementing the International Convention for Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).Almost all countries have signed the WHO FCTC, and have committed themselves to implementing the measures declared in the Convention. Despite this, many countries still have a long way to go to achieve their goals and need help to implement the agreed measures.
  2. To assist Norwegian and international authorities to include cancer and other chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on their agenda. In addition, to include such diseases in their development aid agenda as well.Cancer and other chronic non-communicable diseases – such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and respiratory diseases – are a huge burden on health systems in less resourceful or poor countries, and are additional to the burden of infectious diseases.Non-communicable diseases restrict social and economic development globally. This fact was highlighted at a special UN summit in New York in 2011. The outcome of the summit was to enable WHO and UN members:
  • To agree on goals for global efforts to combat non-communicable diseases.
  • To develop an action plan to enable the international community to combat these diseases.
  • To establish a co-operative body responsible for driving the process forward.

The NCS was an important contributor on behalf of the Norwegian authorities at this meeting, where our General Secretary Anne Lise Ryel represented Norwegian civil society.

The commitment is not reflected in the Norwegian aid policy

The UN summit has led to increased awareness of the negative impact of non-communicable diseases on economic and human development. This commitment is still not reflected in the Norwegian aid policy or the international aid agenda.

The NCS therefore aims to make the Norwegian authorities aware of the negative impact of non-communicable diseases in their development aid priorities, and to act as a driving force for the inclusion of these diseases in the revised UN development goals strategy. Representing civil society, the NCS aims to attain such goals through collaboration with the International NCD Alliance.

International projects

To support our political work we provide backing to a few specific projects. The projects are selected in accordance with the recommendations of the WHO FCTC. The aim is to strengthen civil society’s voice against national authorities. For more information about the projects contact:
Telephone: +47 473 18 882

Our Key Partners

Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

UICC is the leading international non-governmental organization working for the prevention and control of cancer. Anne Lise Ryel, Secretary General of the Norwegian Cancer Society, is a member of UICC’s Board of Directors (2012-2013/14?). Non-communicable Disease Alliance (NCD-Alliance) is a network of organizations which are working to combat non-communicable diseases (cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and chronic lung diseases.)

Framework Convention Alliance (FCA)

FCA is an alliance of non-governmental organizations working on the development, ratification and implementation of the international treaty, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, (GAVI Alliance)

GAVI Alliance works to save children’s lives and protect health by increasing access to immunization in poor countries. From 2012, GAVI offers the HPV-vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.

Nordic Cancer Union (NCU)

The Nordic Cancer Union is a collaborative body for cancer societies in the Nordic countries. Our main focus in this collaboration is cancer research and we allocate grants and funds to stimulate cancer research in the Nordic region.

McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer

The McCabe Centre is an international legal network. It is working to build the capacity of its members to better prepare them to use legal arguments to help improve the living conditions of cancer patients and their relatives.  The Norwegian Cancer Society is the McCabe Collaborating Centre for Europe, a network of European cancer control lawyers and advocates.

International Cancer Information Service Group

The International Cancer Information Service Group (ICISG) is a worldwide network of more than 50 organizations that deliver cancer information. Members share information and expertise and assist groups interested in starting a CIS program.