Health August 9, 2018
Children with Cancer UK conference looks for new approaches to tackle cancer

By Daniel Male - Accountable Care Journal

Children with Cancer UK’s 2018 conference will examine how we understand the causes and development of cancer in children, teenagers and young adults. The event will take place from 12-14 September in London.

Precision Medicine includes environmental and lifestyle factors that affect disease and the conference will bring together world-leading international experts to examine the way we understand cancer and what we can do about reducing the burden on individuals, families and society.

Research funded by charities like Children with Cancer UK has meant real and significant improvements in cancer diagnosis and treatment in the past 30 years. Three-quarters of young patients now survive. However, there remains a core of high-risk cancers with poor prognosis, and the cost of many of the newer treatments has become prohibitive. The costs will not be affordable by the NHS, nor many private insurers, and so it is crucial that we find ways of reducing incidences of cancer.

Cancer prevalence is increasing, especially in teenagers and young adults where incidence has increased by about 30% since the 1990s.

Over 4,000 children and young people develop cancer every year in the UK (12 children and young people each day) making cancer the leading cause of death for children aged 1-14 years. The number surviving more than ten years has increased slightly since 2000, and those who do usually have serious health and life challenges.

2018 International Scientific and Medical Conference - Cancer in Children and Young People

The event, which will take place between 12-14 September 2018, will seek to explore evidence-based possibilities for change and find new approaches to tackling cancer among children.

The theme for day one is the latest evidence on the metabolic and epigenetic roots of cancer, day two looks at evidence on the environmental causes of cancer, while day three focuses on treating and preventing cancer – the way forward.

12 September

Sessions from: 

Dr Annie Sasco, former Director of Epidemiology for Cancer Prevention at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM),

Professor Thomas Seyfried,

and Dr Kurt Straif, Head of Cancer Monographs at IARC.

13 September

11 Sessions, including Professor Catherine Metayer, Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukaemia and the Environment (CIRCLE) at UC Berkeley.

14 September 

Sessions from: 

Professor Russel Reiter from the University of Texas Medical Center,

and Dr Mark Miller MD (USA, CIRCLE).

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