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Advocacy toolkit launched to halt the 'runaway train' of cancer in Africa
Date:9/6/2012

Lugano, Switzerland/London, UK, 6 September 2012 -- Cancer kills more than seven million people a year throughout the world. This is more than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, and African countries, which carry a large part of the burden, are the least able of all developing countries to cope with the challenges it presents, says a consortium of international cancer organizations.

In order to try to create a better recognition of the rising burden of cancer in Africa where it is most needed in Africa a 'toolkit' for local cancer advocates will be launched Saturday, 15 September at a conference organized by the Africa Oxford Cancer Foundation (AfrOx) and collaborators: Cancer in Africa -- Building Transnational Research Collaborations. The toolkit has been produced by AfrOx, together with the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC), the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). The objective is to encourage cancer advocates to become vocal at the political level, pushing for improvements in cancer health promotion, early detection, treatment and care in Africa by raising awareness among government leaders, opinion makers, health policymakers and the general public, in order that sustainable and affordable measures to tackle cancer can be put in place.

"Many African languages do not even have a word for cancer, and it is commonly perceived to be a disease of the wealthier parts of the world", says Prof David Kerr, University of Oxford, an AfrOx trustee and former President of ESMO. "This is reflected in the lack of screening programs, for example. And although one-third of all cancer deaths are due to preventable causes such as tobacco, alcohol, obesity, physical inactivity and viral infections, if there are no public education programs, little can be done in the way of prevention. We hope that the toolkit will provide local advocates with the mean
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Contact: Vanessa Pavinato
media@esmo.org
European Society for Medical Oncology
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