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Cancer Council CEO takes on global cancer challenges

November 9, 2016


Following the conclusion of the World Cancer Congress last week in Paris, Professor Sanchia Aranda, CEO, Cancer Council Australia has officially stepped into the role of President of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). 

UICC is the largest and oldest international cancer organisation comprising over 1000 member organisations in more than 160 countries, including the world’s major cancer societies, ministries of health, treatment and research centres, and patient groups. The organisation is dedicated to taking the lead in convening, capacity building and advocacy initiatives that unite the global cancer community to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda. 

The Hon. Nicola Roxon, Chair of Cancer Council Australia's board, says that the new position reflects Professor Aranda's standing in the global cancer community, having been elected by her international peers. 

"Professor Aranda is not only an esteemed nurse-clinician, cancer researcher and administrator but also recognised internationally as a passionate advocate for effective and equitable cancer prevention, support and care. 

"Cancer Council Australia is very lucky to have someone who is so highly esteemed in the global cancer community as our CEO." 

Professor Aranda said one of her key priorities in her new role as President of UICC will be promoting cancer control best practice worldwide and encouraging greater collaboration amongst health experts across all disciplines and those tackling other major diseases. 

"Cancer is a worldwide epidemic. Its increasing prevalence and the growing number of preventable cases across the world is a real threat." 

"The risk factors for cancer are shared with many other major non-communicable diseases; for instance, tobacco, poor nutrition, physical inactivity and obesity are also risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Health experts need to come together and stop viewing diseases as separate challenges - the goals, strategies and benefits of taking action overlap."