Cancer research for cancer prevention

Over the course of this century, cancer will become the leading cause of premature death worldwide. So how is the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) working towards “a world where fewer people develop cancer?”

IRAC estimates that the global cancer burden will rise from 19.3 million new cases in 2020 to 30.2 million in 2040. This is despite up to half of all cancer cases being avoidable. This rise will disproportionately impact low-and middle-income countries with a low Human Development Index.

To combat this impending personal, societal, and economic loss, prevention is vital to tackling the cancer epidemic.

In this lecture, Dr Weiderpass will illustrate the great potential of prevention to invert the predicted trends in the future global cancer burden to reflect her vision of: “a world where fewer people develop cancer.”


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