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Cancer Causes Control. 2015 Nov;26(11):1671-84. doi: 10.1007/s10552-015-0637-x. Epub 2015 Sep 3.

Report from a symposium on catalyzing primary and secondary prevention of cancer in India.

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1
Research Triangle Institute Global India Pvt. Ltd, Suite 405, Paharpur Business Center, 21 Nehru Place, New Delhi, 110019, India. skrishnan@rti.org.
2
Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries, Public Health Foundation of India, Sector 44, Gurgaon, 122002, India. preet.dhillon@phfi.org.
3
Harvard Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University, 651 Huntington Avenue, Room 632, Boston, MA, 02115, USA.
4
Independent Public Health Consultant, 2C Alsa Terraces, 26 Langford Gardens, Bangalore, 560025, India.
5
Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, 37, S. P. Mukherjee Road, Kolkata, 700026, India.
6
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, 110029, India.
7
Biocon Foundation, 20th KM Hosur Road, Electronic City, Bangalore, 560100, India.
8
RTI International, 701 13th St NW #750, Washington, DC, 20005, USA.
9
Indian Institute of Public Health-Delhi, Public Health Foundation of India, Plot 47, Sector 44, Gurgaon, 122002, India.
10
University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, USA.
11
CanSupport, KanakDurgaBastiVikasKendra, Sector 12 R. K. Puram, Near New CGHS Dispensary, New Delhi, 110022, India.
12
Rajasthan Cancer Foundation, B-113, 10 B Scheme, Gopalpura Bypass, Jaipur, 302018, India.
13
V Care Foundation, A102, Om Residency, J W Road, Near Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel (East), Mumbai, 400012, India.
14
RTI International, 3040 Cornwallis Rd., PO Box 12194, Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709-2194, USA.
15
Institute of Cytology and Preventive Oncology (ICMR), I-7, Sector-39, Noida, 201301, India.
16
American Cancer Society, Inc., 250 Williams Street NW, Atlanta, GA, 30303, USA.
17
Center for Public Policy, IIM Bangalore, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore, 560076, India.
18
Indian Institute of Public Health Bhubaneswar, Public Health Foundation of India, Infocity Road, Patia, Bhubaneswar, 751024, India.
19
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (Government of India, Ministry for Science and Technology), Millennium Avenue, Jagathy, Thiruvananthapuram, 695014, India.
20
Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD, 20892-9760, USA.
21
Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Dr. M.H Marigowda Road, Bangalore, 560029, India.
22
All India Institute of Medical Science, Gautam Nagar, Ansari Nagar East, New Delhi, 110029, India.
23
International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO-IARC), 150 Cours Albert Thomas, 69372, Lyon Cedex 08, France.
24
Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project, 3rd Floor, DMS Annex New Building 259 Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai, 600006, India.
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Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries, Public Health Foundation of India, Sector 44, Gurgaon, 122002, India.
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Cancer Foundation of India, 47/2D, Selimpur Road, Kolkata, 700031, India.
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RTI International, 1440 Main Street, Suite 310, Waltham, MA, 02451-1623, USA.
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St. Johns Research Institute, 100 Feet Road, Koramangala, Bangalore, 560034, India.
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S.T.N.M Hospital, NH 31A, Gangtok, Sikkim, 737101, India.
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Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-7411, USA.
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Public Health Foundation of India, Delhi NCR, Plot No. 47, Sector 44, Gurgaon, Haryana, 122 003, India.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Oral, breast, and cervical cancers are amenable to early detection and account for a third of India's cancer burden. We convened a symposium of diverse stakeholders to identify gaps in evidence, policy, and advocacy for the primary and secondary prevention of these cancers and recommendations to accelerate these efforts.

METHODS:

Indian and global experts from government, academia, private sector (health care, media), donor organizations, and civil society (including cancer survivors and patient advocates) presented and discussed challenges and solutions related to strategic communication and implementation of prevention, early detection, and treatment linkages.

RESULTS:

Innovative approaches to implementing and scaling up primary and secondary prevention were discussed using examples from India and elsewhere in the world. Participants also reflected on existing global guidelines and national cancer prevention policies and experiences.

CONCLUSIONS:

Symposium participants proposed implementation-focused research, advocacy, and policy/program priorities to strengthen primary and secondary prevention efforts in India to address the burden of oral, breast, and cervical cancers and improve survival.

KEYWORDS:

Advocacy; Cancer; India; Policy; Prevention; Symposium

PMID:
26335262
PMCID:
PMC4596898
DOI:
10.1007/s10552-015-0637-x
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