World leaders call for urgent action to tackle spiralling global cancer epidemic

We join 250 leaders at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit to discuss the urgent actions needed to prevent & control cancer

18 November 2015

World Cancer Research Fund International will today join 250 leaders from government, UN agencies, academia, private sector and civil society at the 2015 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit to discuss the urgent actions needed to scale-up international collaboration and reduce the premature deaths from cancer and other non-communicable diseases by a third within the next 15 years (target 3.4 of the new United Nations post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals).

Currently over eight million people die from cancer worldwide annually, four million prematurely (ie. of working age - 30 to 69 years); numbers that are rising year on year. Reducing these rates now is critical to supporting global sustainable development, as disparities in access to prevention, treatment and palliative care for cancer patients are growing exponentially between the developed and developing world. World Cancer Research Fund International’s analysis of global research shows that about a third of the most common cancers can be prevented through diet, weight and physical activity in high income countries and about a quarter in low and middle income countries.

The 2015 Summit will focus specifically on the importance of collaboration across country borders, across diseases and through public and private partnerships. The programme will highlight successful examples of national cancer control planning and cross-diseases interventions, as well as issues related to the management of conflict of interest, data sharing and international policy development.

High profile guest speakers will include Dr Sania Nishtar, Founder and President of Heartfile and former Federal Minister of Health for Pakistan; Mr Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President, Global Health & Development, Becton, Dickinson & Co; and Mr Michael Hübel from the EU Commission, Health and Food Safety Directorate General.

Kate Allen, Executive Director of Science & Public Affairs at World Cancer Research Fund International, will be co-hosting a break out session at the Leaders’ Summit with Harpal Kumar, the Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK. Read Harpal’s blog about the break out session here.