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A new IARC live webinar on evidence in primary cancer prevention

Experts discuss a wealth of challenges and opportunities in primary cancer prevention that oncologists themselves must take on  

11 Nov 2021
Epidemiology/Etiology/Cancer Prevention

What is the role of primary cancer prevention in the fight against cancer? Scientific evidence demonstrates that between 30-50% of all cancers can be prevented by limiting or avoiding cancer risk factors (IARC Publications). Yet still many questions arise around the topic.

Light will be shed on this highly debated theme during the fifth live webinar of the World Cancer Report Updates Learning Platform series, an online platform of WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), developed with the support of, and in collaboration with, ESMO.

The webinar, free upon registration, will be streamed live on the IARC platform on Tuesday, 16 November at 11:00 CET, and will delve into three questions:

  • What cancer types can be prevented by reducing exposure to modifiable risk factors?
  • How far have we progressed in preventing cancer through actions on modifiable risk factors?
  • Is reducing exposures to known carcinogens enough to effectively and sustainably prevent cancer?

Modifiable risk factors and protective factors play a significant role on the incidence of and mortality from many of the most common cancer types, such as lung cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and cervical cancer. The webinar will present the research and data behind such statements and the progress made so far in adopting actions in line with this evidence. At the same time, reflections will be made around cancer prevention beyond carcinogens exposure, to explore its role in beating cancer.
Considering that 29.4 million cancer cases are expected by 2040 (+66.7% since 2018), and prevention is one of the key factors to counteract this rise (IARC Publications), ESMO is proud to support and collaborate with IARC on the World Cancer Report Updates Learning Platform, integrating all research for cancer prevention in one single place so that oncologists can easily keep abreast of it, expand their knowledge and set a good example.

The World Cancer Report Updates Learning Platform offers freely accessible learning material based on selected content from the World Cancer Report, which is the most important resource on cancer prevention published by IARC every five years. ESMO is calling on its members to take advantage of this resource, to ensure that oncologists become knowledgeable in prevention, are ready to commit to provide guidance and act as role models.

The World Cancer Report Updates learning platform is open to all and available for free. It is designed for health professionals, researchers, students, policymakers and anyone interested in cancer prevention. ESMO members can find a dedicated page on the ESMO website within the Cancer Prevention Portal  to facilitate access to the platform and will be reminded of newly uploaded resources through the ESMO Society Newsletter and via the Society’s social media channels.

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