In early June, Dr. Ophira Ginsburg, scientist at Women’s College Research Institute, hosted an international group of oncologists, global health and policy experts to discuss the new series she is leading for The Lancet on health, equity and women’s cancers. The series was commissioned by the journal to spark new interdisciplinary collaborations and to make progress in closing the global cancer divide for women. Read more »
Photos courtesy of Michael Wong & Carolyn Taylor
There is a growing global crisis of breast and cervical cancer. Fifty percent of women with breast cancer and 85% of women with cervical cancer live in developing countries. Two-thirds of breast cancer related deaths and 88% of cervical cancer deaths occur in developing countries. Many women simply die at home without even seeking care. Why? What can be done?
On March 8th, Ophira Ginsburg led a global discussion on Twitter (hashtag #gwcancers) about the challenges and opportunities to improve the situation for women at risk for, or living with breast and cervical cancer in developing (low- and middle-income) countries.
More than 1.9 million impressions were made in the hour with participants coming from the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Kenya, US, Canada, Turkey and more. Several key influencers joined us including @thelancet, @drattai, @feliciaknaul, @btrfly12, @cancerafrica, @womenofteal , @gyncsm and @PeterASinger.