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IAEA to Mark World Cancer Day with High-level Panel Discussion


The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will mark World Cancer Day with a special event at the Vienna International Centre (VIC), including a high-level panel to be opened by Director General Yukiya Amano, Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of Jordan and Indonesian Minister of Health Nila F. Moeloek.

The panel presentation and discussion, entitled 'A Roadmap to a Cancer-free World', will take place on Friday, 2 February, at VIC Conference Room C1 (C building, 2nd floor) from 10:00-12:00. It will focus on how nuclear techniques can support the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and help countries better manage the disease.

The event will be followed by a health fair in the VIC Rotunda from 12:00-14:00, where visitors can have their skin and moles checked, and get information from medical specialists about screening and treatment options for breast, prostate and colon cancer.

A live tumour board demonstration will take place from 14:00-15:30 at VIC Conference Room C1. A group of doctors and health specialists from multiple disciplines will discuss a case and share expertise to determine the best possible cancer treatment plan for a patient. The afternoon session will also provide examples of successful IAEA cancer projects across the world.

The full programme for the day can be found here.

Cancer is a major killer worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8 million cancer-related deaths every year. More than 60 per cent of the world’s total new annual cases occur in low- and middle-income countries, which account for about 70 per cent of the world’s cancer deaths. The IAEA supports the fight against cancer by providing Member States with assistance in applying a comprehensive approach to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer covering four main areas: nutrition; diagnosis and follow-up; radiation oncology and radiotherapy; and quality assurance.

Live video streaming will be available from 10:00. Please note that the video stream will be broadcast on a view-only channel.

Interviews with individual speakers can be organized upon request.


All journalists are requested to inform the IAEA Press Office of their plans to attend. Journalists with permanent credentials to the VIC need no additional credentials. We encourage those journalists who do not yet have permanent accreditation, to request it at UNIS Vienna.

Others should contact Gaukhar Permetova for accreditation. Please email G.Permetova@iaea.org or call [+43-1] 2600-22048 or [+43-1] 2600-21273.

Last update: 14 February 2018


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