NBCF brings international researchers to World Congress

December 5th, 2014

NBCF continues to foster international collaboration in breast cancer research this week by funding three international researchers to attend this year’s Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) World Cancer Congress in Melbourne.

The congress, hosted by Cancer Council Australia, starts in Melbourne on 3 December and brings together cancer researchers, organisations and health professionals from all around the world for a highly interactive and innovative program. The program covers the hottest and most current topics of cancer control, from prevention and screening, to cancer diagnosis and treatment, cancer survivorship and palliative care, as well as cancer control systems.

NBCF is funding three researchers from Egypt, Brazil and Columbia to take their knowledge to a higher level, not only by learning and sharing but also by meeting the world most influential leaders and experts in cancer control and in global health.

Colombian researcher, José Meneses-Echávez says the NBCF Travel Scholarship is very important to help progress his work.
“This travel grant means I will meet other colleagues who are currently working on the same issues, and join efforts against breast cancer to help improve outcomes for women.”
Meneses-Echávez is currently researching the effectiveness of breast cancer prevention through health promotion strategies for young women in Colombia. He has completed two educational programs with university students across the country, and hopes his efforts will help reduce the burden of breast cancer in Colombia.
“I hope my research will lead to an increase in the empowerment and social control of breast cancer risk in young, Colombian women,” Meneses-Echavez says.

NBCF knows all too well about the burden of breast cancer in young women. This year we launched a new report highlighting reality of breast cancer in women under 40.
“Not Just an Older Woman’s Disease: Breast Cancer in your 20s and 30s”, is a pull no punches report into the unique challenges faced by the 800 young women per year diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia.

You can download the report and share powerful and personal experiences of breast cancer at www.800youngwomen.org.au.

About UICC
The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is a membership organisation that exists to help the global health community accelerate the fight against cancer.
Founded in 1933 and based in Geneva, UICC’s growing membership of over 800 organisations across 155 countries, features the world’s major cancer societies, ministries of health, research institutes and patient groups. Together with its members, key partners, the World Health Organization, World Economic Forum and others, UICC is tackling the growing cancer crisis on a global scale.