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CANSA fighting cancer at the UICC World Cancer Congress

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“We unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.”

The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) is a member organisation of the global body Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).  UICC’s rapidly increasing membership base of over 950 organisations, represents the world’s major cancer societies, ministries of health and patient groups and includes influential policy makers, researchers and experts in cancer prevention and control.

CANSA is proud to be attending the UICC World Cancer Congress, taking place from 31 October to
3 November 2016 in Paris, France.  Thousands of cancer and health experts, representing 135 countries, will enjoy three days of outstanding education and networking opportunities, embracing the benefits of cooperating together.  In their suitcase: a great dose of knowledge, passion, energy and collaborative spirit.

As Henry Ford said:  “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success”.

CANSA’s CEO, Elize Joubert, is taking part in the CEO programme, the first year this has been offered at the congress.

On the first Congress day there is a ‘Break Ice Fast’, which aims to emphasise the 2016 Congress theme ‘Mobilising Action, Inspiring Change’ as effective networking always emerges as one of the main reasons why so many people attend the World Cancer Congress.  This informal and interactive guided networking session has been put in place to increase chances to exchange and make useful connections with about 300 participants from UICC membership base and industry partners.

An outstanding opportunity to discuss local issues and create synergies with peers from the African region takes place on 1 November – the African Regional Meeting, ‘Implementing Best Practices for Cancer Control in Africa’.  The overall goal is to identify and discuss the implementation of best practices for cancer control in the African region – this highly interactive session will provide an overview of some key areas required to address cancer control challenges in Africa. Participants will be encouraged to share their best practices and country-specific issues, as well as discuss opportunities for engagement.

For participants interested in Women’s Health and development, the plenaries with Dr Ana Langer, Director of the Women Initiative at Harvard School of Public Health and HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, founding member of Zahra Breast Cancer Association, as well as the 23 sessions addressing women’s cancer should be a great source of inspiration.

Fruitful interactions and discussions around patient support and care will take place daily at the Patient Group Pavilion.

Ann Steyn from Reach for Recovery in South Africa has been elected as one of members of the UICC Board.

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