Summer School

Training Courses – Summer School

Implementing Cancer Prevention and Early Detection
Next edition will be June-July 2021

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, particularly in the developing countries, in which about 82% of the world’s population resides. Based on GLOBOCAN estimates, about 14.1 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million deaths occurred in 2012 worldwide, and the developing counties account for about 57% of new cases and 65% of cancer deaths[1].

A substantial proportion of the growing cancer burden can be controlled through the pragmatic implementation of the evidence based strategies, including tobacco control, vaccination against hepatitis B and human papillomavirus promotion of physical activity and healthy diet and life style, early detection of common cancers and ensuring access to quality cancer care[2].

This week-long module on “Implementing cancer prevention and early detection” will target professionals engaged in public health programs, health policy, cancer research and cancer control, cancer management, and will provide a broad perspective on principles and concepts, issues and practice of cancer prevention and early detection and program implementation.
With a blend of lectures, case studies, debates and group works lead by the experts from IARC and WHO, the course will cover the following aspects:

Section 1 – Cancer Control Overview
Topics will cover: Fundamental principles of cancer prevention and early detection, importance of health information systems, cancer registration and surveillance, planning for cancer control, improving health systems, cost-effectiveness and impacts of various interventions.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • – restate the concept of cancer control and its key components
  • – list the steps and the benefits of comprehensive cancer control plan
  • – explain the concept of cost-effectiveness

Section 2 – Cancer risk factors and prevention strategies/approaches
Topics: Genetics, behavioral, lifestyle and environmental factors and cancer infections; socioeconomic determinants; strategies for cancer prevention and control and new perspectives.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • – list the risk factors of cancer, socioeconomic determinants & their implications in cancer control
  • – outline the steps in designing and implementing cancer prevention programs

Section 3 – Screening and early detection of cancers
Topics: Principles and implementation of screening programs for cervical, breast, colorectal, oral and other common cancers, biomarkers in screening and ethics in screening.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • – explain the underlying principles of cancer control through early detection
  • – outline the strategies to detect the common cancers at their earliest, most treatable stage
  • – enumerate the features of organized screening programs
  • – restate the ethical principles guiding the screening programs

[2] World Health Organization. Cancer control: knowledge into action: WHO guide for effective programmes
[M]. World Health Organization, 2007.

APPLY HERE – Call for application will be launched in November 2020
 IARC Courses Programme
 International Agency for Research on Cancer
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