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4 November 2021

Webinar – Challenges and Opportunities for Primary Cancer Prevention

Challenges and Opportunities for Primary Cancer Prevention

16 November 2021, 11:00 CET

Join us for the fifth World Cancer Report Updates webinar to find out. 


Dr Béatrice Lauby-Secretan, a scientist in the Evidence Synthesis and Classification Branch at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), will chair the event. 

In the first presentation, Dr David Hunter, Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, will review the scientific evidence about the role of a number of modifiable risk factors and protective factors in the incidence of and mortality from some of the most common cancer types around the world, such as lung cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and cervical cancer. He will discuss the current status of that evidence and the progress that has been made.

In the second presentation, Dr Bernard W. Stewart, Professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and co-editor of the 2020 World Cancer Report, will discuss perspectives in cancer prevention beyond reduced exposure to carcinogens. Decreased risk of lung cancer after smoking cessation epitomizes primary cancer prevention. Comparable responses to alcohol consumption, exposure to ultraviolet radiation, and human papillomavirus (HPV) infection remain crucial. Reduced cancer incidence may also be targeted for risk factors not involving recognized carcinogens. More broadly, health impacts due to inequalities offer the prospect of reducing a spectrum of diseases. However, even the immediate goal of avoiding exposure to carcinogens may fail because of beliefs and expectations.

The World Cancer Report Updates webinar series aims to provide new perspectives or present new research, to complement the large variety of educational resources based on selected content of World Cancer Report. These educational resources are freely accessible from the World Cancer Report Updates learning platform, which was developed with the support of and in collaboration with the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO).


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