Major cancer conference for Dublin

  • Deborah Condon

A major international cancer summit is to take place in Dublin later this year, it has been announced.

The first LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit, organised by the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF), will take place in August.

World champion cyclist, Lance Armstrong, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in the 1990s. If detected early, this disease has an excellent cure rate. However Mr Armstrong ignored the warning signs and left untreated, his cancer spread to his abdomen, lungs and brain. He then underwent aggressive treatment, eventually beating the disease. He created the LAF while undergoing this treatment.

The LIVESTRONG summit will take place from August 24-26, immediately after Mr Armstrong’s participation in the cycling event, the Tour of Ireland, which takes place from August 19-23.

The summit will call for urgent action to address the global cancer burden and introduce new commitments to cancer control by bringing together world leaders, corporations, non-governmental organisations and advocates in an unprecedented show of solidarity.

“Unless we act on a global level, cancer will be the leading cause of death by 2010. Our goal is to be the catalyst that brings everyone together to fight cancer, from survivors like me, to world leaders and policymakers who must commit completely to the effort to avoid a public health catastrophe,” Mr Armstrong said.

He added that the summit provides ‘an invaluable opportunity to stand up for the 28 million cancer survivors worldwide and to create a unified effort to control cancer through new commitments to action’.

It is understood a number of world leaders have already indicated their intent to send high level representation to the summit. Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and former US President, Bill Clinton, have already expressed support.

The LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign made immediate progress when it launched in Australia in January, with several new commitments to cancer control from the Australian government and non-governmental organisations. These commitments and others will be featured at the summit in Dublin.

“I hope a decade from now we can look back on this campaign and see that there truly is a global cancer movement – one that has adequately funded cancer research, cut the death rate to zero and maximized the amount of prevention and education and advocacy that can be done,” Mr Clinton said.

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