Women's Cancers in the Americas: Strategies for Synergy

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THE FRAMEWORK FOR INTEGRATION

Felicia Marie Knaul
A Diagonal Approach
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KEY NOTE SPEECH

Women, Cancer and Health Systems
Julio Frenk
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THE FRAMEWORK FOR INTEGRATION

Felicia Marie Knaul
A Diagonal Approach

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KEY NOTE SPEECH

Women, Cancer and Health Systems
Julio Frenk

Breast and cervical cancer are leading killers of women throughout the world. In most of Latin America and the Caribbean, breast and cervical cancer are among the most common causes of death for younger women. Both diseases are preventable or curable if diagnosed and treated early, yet responses have been fragmented, missing the tremendous opportunities for collective, hemispheric action across countries, disciplines, governmental and non-governmental actors, academia, clinicians and civil society.

“Closing divides around women´s cancer is a health, equity and economic imperative; affordable and achievable through diagonal approaches.”

VIDEOS

The Framework for Integration

“How to integrate the approaches so the work of these women become more effective and the work of everyone in the health care sector becomes more effective? This is critical and urgent.”

 

Dr. Ana Langer

Director of the Women and Health Initiative

Harvard University

The Ethical Framework for Health Equity

“…Why isn’t there more of a sense of outrage? (…) One way of thinking about ethics in health towards an integrated approach (…) is to think of the current status as a collective failure on the part of the international community to meet the most basic needs.” 

 

Dr. Jennifer Prah Ruger

Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics and Policy University of Pennsylvania

Building Synergies across Women's Cancers

“Our opportunity here today cannot be overstated. We have highly effective prevention, early detection and treatment tools that have the potential to transform the lives of millions of women, and it is not a health issue, it is an equity issue, it is a human rights issue.” 

 

Ambassador Sally Cowal

Senior Vice President for Global Health

American Cancer Society

What Role for Academic Medicine and Research?

“Early detection is essential to improving outcome.” 

 

Dr. Gilberto de Lima Lopes

Associate Director of Global Oncology

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship

“We use a lot of robots here in South Florida. We are not looking to train Caribbean doctors on how to use  robots, because they don’t have any robots in the Caribbean. We are looking to train them in good surgical techniques.”

 

Dr. Brian Slomovitz

Co-leader of the Gynecologic Cancers Site Disease Group Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Breast Cancer in the United States


29%

Breast cancer is a leading killer of young women in developing countries and the most common cancer among US women, accounting for 29% of newly diagnosed cancers.


1 in 8

A woman living in the US has a 1 in 8, lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.


231,840

An estimated number 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in 2015.


40,290

Approximately 40,290 women are expected to die from breast cancer in 2015. The number of deaths was 21.5 per 100,000 women per year.


5-year

The 5-year relative survival rate for female invasive breast cancer patients has improved from 75% in the mid-1970s to 90% today.


42%

As treatments for breast cancer have improved, the racial disparity has widened: by 2012, breast cancer death rates were 42% higher in black women than in white women.


The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas’ work on women´s cancers in the Americas and this Symposium are the result of visionary seed funding provided by Patti Herbert, B.B.A. ’57 and University of Miami Trustee Allan Herbert, B.B.A. ’55. The Herberts are dedicated long-time supporters and active members of the University of Miami community.