“The Global Impact of Cancer on Women: Healthy Women, Healthy Economies” by Merck and the American Cancer Society

The panel will bring together public and private-sector leaders to discuss the global burden of cancer on women under the auspices of Merck’s Healthy Women, Healthy Economies initiative, which links women’s health and well-being to economic growth.


Across the globe, cancer is the second leading cause of death among women, taking the life of one out of seven women every year in the Americas, Europe and the Western Pacific regions. 

But what was once an alarming concern in high-income countries has steadily become a global burden, affecting women around the world.

Women are disproportionately affected by health and well-being issues from non-communicable diseases like cancer, and the impact spreads far and wide in their communities and economies.  In fact, 865 million women worldwide have the potential to contribute more fully to their economies but cannot because of health and well-being issues.

The panel will address a series of recommendations outlined in new research to be unveiled with the American Cancer Society that seek to address this burden on women, their families, and their societies.

 Panelists will include:

  • Ambassador Sally G. Cowal, Senior Vice President for Global Health, American Cancer Institute
  • HRH Princess Dina Mired, Executive Director, King Hussein Cancer Foundation
  • Dr Alise Reicin, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Clinical Development, EMD Serono
  • Dr Edward L. “Ted” Trimble, Director, Centers for Global Health, National Cancer Institute
Symposium date and time
Tuesday, November 1, 2016: 13:10 - 14:10
Room 343
Online programme