Strengthening, inspiring and delivering cancer prevention: Translating research into policy

Session at the 2018 World Cancer Congress

Evidence based policy making is crucial to improvise cancer prevention.

Session report from 2 October 2018, 15h50-16h50, room 403. Session chaired by Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK (United Kingdom)

This session was chaired by the moderator, Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK (United Kingdom), who highlighted the importance of making policies based on evidences and research findings. 

Ahmedin Jemal from American Cancer Society (United States) opened up the talk with his topic 'Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Access to Care and Cancer Prevention and Outcomes in the USA'. Based on his research it has been proven that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has improved access to care and cancer prevention and outcomes. Additionally the need for expansion of Medicalaid for low-income people regardless of their residences is essential to lower the uneven access to treatment. 

This was followed by Manami Inoue, the speaker from National Cancer Research Center - Japan, who spoke about 'Inspiring the National Cancer Prevention Strategies in Japan'. Her main idea was cancer control policies must be tailored to reflect the local lifestyle, burden of cancer and characteristics of the local healthcare system. Her research was aimed to develop evidence-based cancer prevention recommendations for japanese. She also focusing on developing effective behavior modification program which can be implemented and disseminated. 

Understanding that cancer prevention is vital, Bryony Sinclair from World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF) (United Kingdom), emphasized the points about 'Delivering cancer prevention: Challenges in taking policy action'. Global cancer burden is estimated to have risen along with a tremendous rise in overweight or obesity. Some of the primary cancer prevention methods proposed by Bryony Sinclair includes physically active, healthy weight, proper diet along with limited alcohol consumption. Moreover, she stated that the Cancer Prevention Recommendations are designed to be used as the basis for action. 

To conclude, the chair pointed that political leadership and a proper mechanism to manage conflict of interest is needed to convert research into policies.

Article contributed by Logeswary Krisnan