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    • Cancer Knows No Borders – Celebrating Tripartite Cooperation to Enhance Cancer Research
      , by Prof. Mark Lawler, Ph.D., FRCPath

      The Ireland-Northern Ireland-National Cancer Institute Cancer Consortium has done so much for cancer research and cancer care on the island of Ireland. The Consortium grew out of the Good Friday Agreement. As we now mark the 25th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, it is instructive to look back over the last two and half decades through the prism of cancer.

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    • Reflections on Emerging Research: Beauty Products and Potential Cancer Risk Among Women of African Descent
      , by Dalana Johnson, MPH, Julia Gage, PhD, MPH, Fatou Jallow, PhD, Taylor Ladson, MPH, Vidya Vedham, PhD, Erinma Elibe, MPH

      Recent research suggests that some commercial beauty products may have harmful effects, including increased cancer risk. As Black History Month comes to a close, we want to highlight this growing area of cancer research that has potential importance for women of African descent across the globe.

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    • World Cancer Day 2023: United We're Stronger
      , by Satish Gopal, M.D. M.P.H.

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    • LGCW 2022: Utilizing Cancer Research Funding Data to Inform Action and Drive Collaboration
      , by Leshia Hansen, R.N., M.P.H.

      As part of 2022 London Global Cancer Week (LGCW), NCI’s Center for Global Health (CGH) hosted a session dedicated to efforts to map and track global cancer research and research funding through the International Cancer Research Partnership (ICRP), Worldview (formerly World RePORT), the WHO Global Observatory on Health Research and Development, and the NCI/CGH Global Oncology Survey of NCI-Designated Cancer Centers.

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    • World AIDS Day: Focusing the Lens on Equity for HIV-Associated Cancers - the Case of Kaposi Sarcoma
      , by Esther Freeman, M.D., Ph.D, Sigrid Collier, M.D., M.P.H., Aggrey Semeere, MBChB, MMed

      This December 1st, World AIDS Day 2022, is a chance to reflect on the global burden of HIV/AIDS, the lives, lost, and the advances of science and community in the four decades of the epidemic. This year’s theme “Putting Ourselves to the Test: Achieving Equity to End HIV “ emphasizes accountability and action, and puts the spotlight on equity.

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    • New Awards for NCI’s Institutional Training Initiative: Strengthening Capacity in LMICs for Global Cancer Research
      , by Sudha Sivaram, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.

      NCI awards 2nd cohort in the global cancer research training initiative to strengthen institutional capacity in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) for global cancer research. Utilizing the D43 funding mechanism, this program sought applications from US institutions in partnership with LMIC institutions to build scientific expertise and leadership skills to conduct innovative global cancer research. We made the first set of awards in 2021 and have now issued a second group of four awards. These projects extend longstanding global research collaborations and share common goals of developing capacity relevant to the research priorities of the collaborating LMICs. They also aim to strengthen the mechanisms for cancer research administration and seek to develop regional linkages – such as with ministries of health, policymakers, and regional research institutions – to facilitate sustainable research training in these settings.

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    • Supporting Childhood Cancer Survivors and Their Caregivers: Observations From Cancer Centers in India
      , by Sudha Sivaram, Maya Prasad, Venkataraman Radhakrishnan, Divya Rajkumar, Surendran Veeraiah

      Childhood cancer awareness month is recognized every year in September. This blog, written by global cancer researchers, focuses on survivor-centered research in global settings and the development of culturally and linguistically relevant interventions by considering lived experiences of families with cancer in India.

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    • Cancer and Co-Infection from Soil Transmitted Helminths, A Fellow's Capstone Project
      , by Ms. Allison Frank, Cancer Research Training Fellow, Center for Global Health

      Allison Frank discusses her post-bachelor Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellowship capstone project exploring cancer and co-infections from soil transmitted helminths in Low-and Middle-Income Countries.

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    • Global Health Summer Reading List
      , by Rebecca Erickson, M.P.H.

      Recommendations for great global health reads to add to your summer, (or anytime) reading list.

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    • Working Together to Advance Cancer Control and Reduce Stigma: Anal Cancer Prevention in the Nigerian SGM Community
      , by Rebecca Nowak, Ph.D., M.P.H. Assistant Professor, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine Associate Member, Population Science Program, University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center

      Pride month reminds us to take the time to honor those in sexual gender minority (SGM) communities and their continued struggle to secure one of life’s most basic rights: the right to live free from stigma and discrimination. Although some progress has been made in securing these rights, SGMs continue to face unrelenting pressure to keep their true identities hidden from their families and communities in most of the world. This institutionalized discrimination contributes to poor health outcomes in all aspects of healthcare including cancer control.

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