Inaugural London Global Cancer Week

The inaugural London Global Cancer Week will launch at the Royal Society of Medicine on Monday 25 November. The week-long series of discussions and events will examine the impact of the rising global incidence of cancer, the challenges the cancer pandemic poses to the implementation of universal health coverage and the contribution of UK partners to strengthening capacity in cancer prevention and cancer control in emerging countries.

HRH Princess Dina Mired, President of the Union for International Cancer Control, will give the opening address during a conference to be convened by the Royal Society of Medicine, one of several institutions collaborating to host events during London Global Cancer Week.

Dr Susannah Stanway, a consultant oncologist at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, is a member of the London Global Cancer Week steering group and said: “Cancer causes one death every five seconds in low and middle income countries, and globally surpasses deaths from HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. This week of events will allow us to take stock and consider the challenge cancer presents to emerging countries and how UK partners can continue to stand with them in addressing the rising tide of global cancer.”

The Royal Society of Medicine event is the 4th annual conference on cancer control in low and middle income countries and will focus on the magnitude of current disparities. Healthcare professionals working in emerging countries will give first-hand accounts of global cancer collaborations with UK partners. Key speakers will include Professor Richard Sullivan, Professor of Cancer and Global Health, King’s College London; Professor Ophira Ginsburg, Director of the Perlmutter Cancer Center High Risk Programme at New York University; Professor Diana Sarfati, Head of Department, Department of Public Health at the University of Otago; and Mrs Beatrice Wiafe Addai, breast surgeon, President of Breast Care International and CEO, Peace and Love Hospitals, Ghana.

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