Since 1983, cancer has been the leading cause of death in Korea. With a rapidly aging population, cancer incidence in Korea is only expected to rise. To combat the issue, the Korean government developed a widespread campaign targeting cancer and its risk factors. The plan, called “10-Year Plan for Cancer Control,” created a national institution devoted to cancer research, education, training, and clinical care. The Korean National Cancer Center (KNCC), alongside the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW), has implemented numerous national cancer control and prevention programs, including screening guidelines. To reduce risk factors, the government developed anti-smoking campaigns and vaccinated against hepatitis B. It also created a nationwide cancer registry to provide better cancer-related data. While Korea’s cancer control program is relatively new, it has been proven to be successful. This is mainly due to the Korean government’s willingness to work with many stakeholders to eliminate cancer and develop an infrastructure to combat the disease.
KeywordsCancer control Health priorities National health planning Program evaluation Registries
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