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RTI International to host symposium on Cancer

Posted On : February 09,2015

Did you know that according to 2012 statistics from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, approximately 13 percent of the global burden of cancers—about 1 million new cases and more than 700,000 deaths annually—occur in India alone!

Keeping in view the gravity of the disease, RTI International, one of the world’s leading independent, nonprofit research and development organizations dedicated to improving the human condition is hosting a two day ‘Symposium’ from 19th – 20th February, 2015 at Metropolitan Hotel, New Delhi, on “Cancer Prevention in India” along with the American Cancer Society, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Institute of Cytology and Preventive Oncology (ICPO), and Harvard Global Equity Initiative.

This meeting brings together various bodies, both national and international, to collectively and collaboratively address and brainstorm various aspects of early detection and prevention of cancer in India.

According to RTI’s India Country Director, Dr. Suneeta Krishnan, “India ranks very high on our list of priority countries because our research shows that existing tools for prevention can be more effectively used in India to bring down the high burden of illness. Therefore this is a clarion call for key stakeholders – government, health care providers, researchers, survivors, patient advocates, private sector, and foundations – to collaboratively address cancer prevention. The goal of our symposium is to facilitate knowledge exchange and dissemination on how to overcome barriers and implement, scale up and sustain prevention, including education, screening, early detection, and treatment linkages, in India. I am excited to see this symposium come to fruition, and am committed to advancing this agenda in India.” 

Eminent personalities who are participating in the symposium are R Sankaranarayanan, World Health Organization, Ambassador Sally Cowal, American Cancer Society, C.K. Mishra, Government of India along with other dignitaries from India and abroad.