Cancer Prevention II

Cancer Prevention II

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More than 180 participants and experts from 31 countries met for the fifth time in 10 years in St. Gallen, Switzerland for a 3-day conference to discuss important current issues of clinical cancer prevention. The meeting was again organized and co-sponsored by St. Gallen Oncology Conferences (SONK). While SONK has been extremely successful in organizing large international c- gresses on a€œPrimary Therapy of Early Breast Cancera€ as well as a€œSupportive Care in Cancera€ for more than 20 years, the idea of promoting interdisciplinary, clinically oriented meetings on cancer prevention is a more recent and not yet generally accepted and w- comed concept in modern oncology. Since todaya€™s medical expenses are soaring and me- cal research budgets are stagnating or even being cut, neither politicians nor industry is willing to risk an additional unpredictable channel of expenses, such as that demanded by clinical cancer prevention efforts! In Switzerlanda€”and we fear in many other parts of the globea€”some 97%a€“98% or even a greater percentage of health budgets is spent for curative and palliative/rehabilitative m- icine. Since a meager 2%a€“3% of national health budgets is for preventive medicine, even less than that proportion is specifically allocated for cancer prevention. When the money for a€œcuring and caringa€ for the diseased populace runs short, there is likely not much left for partly controversial disease prevention in the (still) healthy part of the population.It was our privilege to co-organize this meeting again on behalf of the International Society of Cancer Prevention (ISCaP, New York, NY, USA) ... or sponsors: Cancer Research UK (CRUK, London, UK), the Union Internationale Contre le Cancer (UICC, Geneva, Switzerland), the European ... Very little financial support was provided by industry. ... Jack Cuzick, president of ISCaP and director of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in London, UK, and by Dr. Peter Greenwald, theanbsp;...

Title:Cancer Prevention II
Author: Hans-Jörg Senn, Ursula Kapp, Florian Otto
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2008-11-28

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