Big Debates

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Once again, the Big Debates featured in the delegates' top five programme highlights. They confronted diverging views or thoughts on controversial issues in cancer control and public health, prompting the audience to rate the performance of the debaters through the Congress App. 

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BIG DEBATE 1
Scarce resources are best applied to prevention

Tuesday 1 November at 17:00 - 18:00

 

 

 

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Pro: Karen Canfell
Director of Cancer Research

Cancer Council New South Wales 

Australia

 

Contra: Lawrence Shulman
Deputy Director for Clinical Services

Abramson Cancer Center

University of Pennsylvania

United States

Moderated by Andrew Jack

Journalist

Financial Times

United Kingdom 

The global cost of cancer has been estimated into the hundreds of billions of dollars per year. Cancer is a global and growing phenomenon with more than half of all cancer cases occurring in low-resource countries.

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BIG DEBATE 2
Partnering with the food and beverage industry, too high a price to pay

Wednesday 2 November at 17.00 - 18:00

 

 

 

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Baria Alamuddin
Pro
Todd Harper

CEO, Cancer Council Victoria, Australia
Contra
Gary Reedy

CEO, American Cancer Society, United States
Moderator
Baria Alamuddin

Journalist

Today, we’re entering a new era of global collaboration, driven by a shared awareness that problems such as NCDs affect all of society and that each sector has an appropriate role to play and contribution to make.

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BIG DEBATE 3
Cancer societies must invest more resources to reduce environmental and occupational cancer risk exposure

Thursday 3 November at 15:30 - 16:30

 

 

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Pro: Lesley Rushton
Reader in Occupational Epidemiology

School of Public Health

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

 

Contra: Nick Grant
Executive Director of Strategy & Research Funding

Cancer Research UK

United Kingdom

 

Moderated by Terry Slevin
Director Education and Research

Cancer Council Western Australia

Australia

 

In 2013, outdoor air pollution was officially classified as carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and recognised as an important environmental cancer killer due to the large number of people exposed.

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