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François Hollande and Her Majesty the Queen of Spain call for greater international collaboration to conquer cancer at the 2016 World Cancer Congress

World Cancer Congress
Posted on: 02 Nov 16

1 November 2016 – Paris, France: The President of France, François Hollande and Her Majesty the Queen of Spain, today opened the 2016 World Cancer Congress in Paris, leading the call for greater international collaboration and action to overcome the disease which takes the lives of more than eight million people each year.

In his opening address, President Hollande explained that everyone has a role to play in the fight against cancer. He stressed that the disease is not an isolated concern, but instead represents a multisectoral battle:

“You bring together your collective experience in the fight against cancer….it is the fight of medicine… it is the fight of society… it is the fight of all societies”

Her Majesty the Queen of Spain paid tribute to the contributions made to date and the united challenge of the proceeding years. Her Majesty noted that:

 “The next three days will be dedicated to identifying new challenges, sharing strategies and shaping and defining better guidelines and standards to improve the fight against cancer. Following this path… everyone involved in cancer control will work in the coming years in order to reduce the incidence of this disease on a global scale.”

Cancer is the world’s leading cause of premature death. Due to disparities in equity, the effects of the disease are felt hardest in low and middle-income countries, where the infrastructure for early detection and treatment can be sparse. Currently, over 14 million cancer cases are diagnosed globally per year and this is set to increase to over 19 million cases per year by the year 2025, highlighting the need for coordinated global action.

“Cancer is a worldwide epidemic. Its increasing prevalence and the growing number of preventable cases across the world is a real threat. The risk factors for cancer are shared with many other major non-communicable diseases; for instance, tobacco, poor nutrition, physical inactivity and obesity are also risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Health experts need to come together and stop viewing diseases as separate challenges – the goals, strategies and benefits of taking action overlap,” said Professor Sanchia Aranda, President-elect, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).


The 2016 World Cancer Congress, organised by UICC, is being held in Paris until the 3 November. Under the theme ‘Mobilising action – Inspiring Change’ this standout meeting is bringing together over 3,000 cancer and health experts from 130 countries to discuss and to exchange best practices in cancer implementation science.

Keynote speakers who will present at the conference over the coming days will include: International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC) Director Chris Wild, Dr Ana Langer, Professor of the Practice of Public Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, HRH Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud, award-winning businesswoman and Saudi Arabian Princess, and Professor Ole Petter Ottersem from the University of Oslo.

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Mike Wood

Last updated on: 02/11/2016

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