American Cancer Soceity To Report On World Cancer Reduction

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American Cancer Society to Deliver Progress Report on Reducing the Global Cancer Burden at the 20th World Cancer Congress. Report Highlights Progress in Tobacco Control, Palliative Care, and Access to the HPV and Hepatitis B Vaccinations.

Thousands of doctors, researchers, policymakers, and advocates will meet in Geneva for the next four days at the 20th World Cancer Congress. As part of the agenda the American Cancer Society will present a two-year Progress Report on the World Cancer Declaration, which was drafted at the previous Congress in 2006, as an urgent call to action. The 2008 report provides details on the achievements made since the adoption of 11 agreed-upon action steps described in the World Cancer Declaration.

Highlights of the report include progress made in countries adopting and implementing proven tobacco control strategies; an increase in data collection for countries to assess the national cancer burden; and, an increase in availability of palliative care for the 6 million people who die from cancer each year without adequate pain control treatment. The report also cites improved access to HPV and hepatitis B vaccinations, which can significantly reduce cervical cancer and liver cancer, respectively. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women in many low and middle-income nations.

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"By 2010 cancer is projected to become the leading cause of death worldwide,” said John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., chief executive officer, American Cancer Society. "The American Cancer Society and all participants in the World Cancer Congress are taking aggressive steps, based on what has been proven to work, and our efforts will save many lives in the coming years.”

In addition to the Progress Report, the World Cancer Congress will feature preliminary results of a new survey of 29 countries on beliefs about cancer risk factors, providing the first comparison of knowledge and misconceptions about cancer in different parts of the world. Another highlight will be a meeting of high level policymakers focused on setting longer-range goals to aggressively combat cancer in low income countries by the year 2020. There will also be a film festival featuring 33 personal stories, documentaries, educational films and public service announcements,
including the Oscar-winning documentary Freeheld.

The World Cancer Congress runs from Wednesday, August 27 through Sunday, August 31, and is organized by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), the leading global non-governmental organization devoted exclusively to cancer.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering, and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. Founded in 1913, the Society has local offices in 3,400 communities, involving nearly three million volunteers across the United States and internationally. The Society's international work focuses on capacity building of civil society and on collaborating with other cancer-related organizations to carry out its mission across the globe. It has funded more than 200 grants in 70 countries to strengthen the global fight against cancer, and since 2007, has been co-host of the Global Smokefree Partnership.

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