World Declaration for Research on Cancer calls for the active involvement of citizens, enterprises, institutions and leaders in diverse areas and activities to join efforts to promote research in order to reduce the number of people who develop cancer and to improve survival rates and the quality of life among cancer patients.
On September 22nd we celebrated the World Cancer Research Day Event, together with:
Inés Entrecanales ; VP AECC, who explained to us the origin of this initiative and what does this day represents to us.
Cary Adams, from the UICC. Who spoke on how this initiative is conceived as a contribution to the goals of the World Cancer Declaration to promote research on cancer and advance towards our ultimate goal: to defeat cancer, but research is only one of the global aims, research is included in the global vision of the fight against cancer
Nicolas Gaudin, from the IARC. Talked about how cancer is projected to become the leading cause of death worldwide, with an increase to 21.6 million new cases per year predicted by 2030. One of the most important factors is to support and promote research on the causes, prevention and early detection of cancer as a key foundation for controlling the disease.
Alex Piris representing ESMO. Explained to us how one of the biggest challenges in research is to develop new treatments that can save lives and reduce the costs of those drugs to have equal Access. How to apply the current research results to the patient.
Joan Seoane. General Secretary of the EARC. Talked about the importance to accelerate the improvements in research, necessary to create collaborative networks that allow us to share knowledge of cancer and what kind of initiatives are being developed
Nick Grant, from CRUK. Spoke about how as well as having structures and initiatives that allow researchers to easily share knowledge, it is necessary to establish alliances to provide the research community with tools bringing us some examples.
As we heard during the speeches from all the representatives of the WCRD founding organizations, it is crucial to continue promoting cancer research in all different fields and in a collaborative and integrative manner so that we can reduce the impact of cancer reducing the estimated numbers so that by 2030 1 person would not die of cancer every 2 seconds. Let’s not stand still and continue working together to defeat cancer.