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International cancer experts join forces in Melbourne

Cancer Australia will join influential leaders from across the world as Australia hosts the World Cancer Congress and World Cancer Leaders’ Summit for the first time.

Worldwide, 8.2 million deaths were attributed to cancer in 2012, exceeding the number of deaths for heart disease or any other specific disease grouping.

The World Cancer Congress and World Cancer Leaders’ Summit bring together international cancer organisations, UN agencies, Ministries of Health and Finance and private sector leaders from across the globe to address emerging issues in cancer control.  

Cancer Australia will be hosting a number of sessions at both events, providing a platform to highlight Australia’s successes in cancer control and share knowledge and understandings with international cancer control counterparts.

“In Australia, thanks to effective population based screening programs, earlier detection, better diagnostic methods and advances in treatments, people diagnosed with cancer experience among the highest survival rates in the world.” Cancer Australia CEO, Professor Helen Zorbas said.

CEO of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Cary Adams said the Congress and Summit were the two most important events in the international cancer control calendar.

“I am thrilled to be in Melbourne to engage with cancer control experts and leaders in global health to find solutions and actions to reduce the impact of cancer on communities around the world.” Mr Adams said.

Organised by UICC and hosted by Cancer Council Australia, the 2014 World Cancer Congress will run from 3-6 December and the 2014 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit on 3 December.

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Note to editor

The World Cancer Leaders’ Summit brings together key decision makers from around the world and encourages timely debate on emerging issues related to cancer. It provides an important forum to secure a coordinated, multileveled global response to address the increasing incidence of cancer.

This year’s Summit is entitled The Economic Case for Cancer Control - a topic which is increasingly relevant to us all as we face a growing burden of cancer across much of the developing world.

For more information on the Summit, please visit:

The World Cancer Congress is the leading international conference for cancer control experts, practitioners, and advocates who share the latest information in cancer implementation science.

The 2014 World Cancer Congress theme  Joining Forces - Accelerating Progress  will emphasise the impact that can be realised by consistently and energetically applying what we know, rather than waiting for possible future "breakthroughs" to change the landscape

Cancer Australia presentations at World Cancer Congress

Thursday 4 December

4-4.30pm: ‘Online Hub for the learning and development of health professionals in cancer care’ – Room 212-213

Friday 5 December

1.15-1.45pm: ‘Involving consumers’ leads to better cancer care’- (Workshop) Room 208

1.15pm: ‘Development of a framework of National cancer control indicators in Australia’ & ‘Generating evidence for strategic funding of cancer research: Cancer Australia's audit of funding in Australia to cancer research projects and research programs 2006-2011’ – Pod 3

3-4pm: ‘Early diagnosis and optimising treatment: How consumers can join forces and accelerate progress’ - Room 219

4.30-5pm: ‘Clinical, palliative Care, Patient Experience, Physiological aspect 3 minute presentation followed by Q&A’s - Involving consumers leads to better cancer care’ – (Presentation and Q&A) Room 212-213

Saturday 6 December

1.15-1.45pm: ‘Building capacity to improve cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’: &‘Implementing best practice approaches for the management of lung cancer: a national approach’ - Pod 2

3:00pm: ‘Joining forces to fund national cancer research: Cancer Australia's Priority-driven collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS)’ – Room 212-213