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September 28, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Introduction

Alcohol use was linked to over 740,000 new cancer cases globally in 2020 (around 4.1% of total new diagnoses) and yet public perception and understanding of the link between alcohol use and cancer remain low. A 2020 Ipsos poll found that only 35% of people surveyed believed that alcohol increased your risk of developing cancer, which is likely contributing to the limited integration of alcohol into cancer prevention activities and policies.

In order to curb the harms associated with alcohol use, governments around the world have committed to reducing the consumption of alcohol by 10% by 2025 and 20% by 2030 (in comparison with 2010 levels). To achieve this, governments will need to adopt and implement a suite of effective, evidence-based policies and programs to protect individuals, families, and communities. But the policies and programs currently prioritized by governments are often not shaped by data alone. Public understanding and acceptability play a large role in what actions are taken, and industry actors have been active in trying to confuse discussions on the topic. This points to the need for more joint work between government, academia, and cancer organizations to engage communities and implement evidence-based policies.

Against this backdrop, UICC and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer are organizing a series of discussions looking at alcohol and cancer to help better inform and connect the cancer community. The series includes two Virtual Dialogues and will culminate with an in-person session at the World Cancer Congress in Geneva on 18 October 2022.

Alcohol and Cancer series #1: What’s the evidence?

About

The first Virtual dialogue in the Alcohol and Cancer series will take an in-depth look at current research. The conversation will provide an overview of the epidemiology and run through some of the common misconceptions that surround alcohol as a cancer risk factor, as well as provide context for the broader harms of alcohol on individuals, families, and communities.

Speakers

  • Dr. Isabelle Soerjomataram, Deputy Branch Head, Cancer Surveillance, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
  • Mr. Terry Slevin, Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Association of Australia

Registration

Please follow the link to register, here.

Alcohol and Cancer series #2: How can we ensure effective policies?

About

This second session in the Alcohol and Cancer series will look at how we can work to ensure effective alcohol policies are adopted to help curb the global cancer burden.

Over the course of the conversation, participants will hear:

  • An overview of the global commitments and recommendations that exist to help reduce the burden of alcohol
  • Experiences and lessons learned from different organizations working to improve alcohol control in their countries and regions

An open Q&A will then enable participants to pose their questions to our expert speakers and exchange with other participants from cancer and NCD community.

Speakers

TBC

Registration

Please follow the link to register, here.