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Women's Cancers Program (WCP)

CGH Program/Initiative Type: Capacity Building

Each year, 200,000 more women die from breast and cervical cancer than from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Over 50 percent of deaths from breast cancer and 88 percent of deaths from cervical cancer occur in less developed regions, where gender discrimination and extreme poverty severely limit a woman's choice to seek care.

The Women’s Cancer Program (WCP) makes up an important part of NCI’s efforts to build capacity for women’s cancer control in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). The WCP Summits help increase capacity for participating countries to initiate or enhance women’s cancer control planning and implementation in their respective countries.  

WCP Goals

  • Increase breast and cervical cancer awareness among health care professionals, community leaders, and advocates
  • Build a community of healthcare providers who can foster the development of women’s cancer control programs and regional networks of advocates to work with health care professionals and policy makers to decrease the burden of women’s cancer in the developing world
  • Raise education and awareness of
    • The importance of and essential components of a cancer control program
    • Breast and cervical cancer risk factors and risk reduction strategies
    • Early detection and diagnosis methods
    • Evidence-based cancer treatment
    • Coordinated survivorship and supportive care

Women’s Cancer Program Summits

Through strong partnerships, we develop regional WCP Summits that help build regional networks of advocates and health care providers that could facilitate breast and cervical cancer education and awareness efforts.  Summits  of two to three days are conducted in different host countries, giving host countries the opportunity to exchange experiences and develop action plans around creating and implementing comprehensive women cancer control plans.  The summits are developed to train health care professionals and community advocates about breast and cervical cancer, the key elements of cancer control programs, and the role of advocates in working with health care professional and policy makers in the implementation of cancer control efforts.   

Summits include didactic sessions with policy makers, health professionals, and advocates as well as interactive round table discussions and social networking events. Satellite events for the community are encouraged.  

Participants of the summits have indicated that one of the greatest benefits of the WCP Summits is the opportunity to build relationships with advocates from neighboring countries. These relationships form the basis for the exchange of ideas and regional collaboration that otherwise would not happen.

The first of these efforts was a three-day Breast and Cervical Cancers Education and Advocacy Summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in August 2013. This conference was the first in the series of many that we will conduct in the three regions of Eastern Europe/Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin American/Caribbean.

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