[Comment] The role of the Commonwealth in the wider cancer control agenda

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The number of new cases of cancer reported in the Commonwealth nations rose by 35% between 2008 and 2018. In 2018, nearly 1·7 million people died from cancer in these countries: equivalent to one death every 18 seconds.1 Estimates based on expected population growth predict a further 35% increase in incidence of cancer in the Commonwealth in the next 12 years (2018–30), and a 39% increase in cancer mortality.1 What should we expect the Commonwealth to do about this worsening situation?

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