First Lady, Roman Tesfaye, is participating at a roundtable discussion to mark World Cancer Day Wednesday (February 4) in Vienna. The discussion, formally opened by Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is covering different perspectives on cancer control, demonstrating that effective cancer control is “Not Beyond Us”, the key message of this year’s World Cancer Day.
Special emphasis is being given to, equity, affordability, quality and partnerships. A special performance by the Vienna-based “Dancers Against Cancer” will conclude the event. The World Health Organization estimates that by 2020 more than 20 million people across the world will die of cancer every year and that most of these deaths will occur in the developing world where many countries lack the resources to adequately diagnose and treat cancer.
World Cancer Day aims to raise awareness about cancer. Through its technical cooperation and human health programs, the Agency supports its Member States to strengthen their capacity to diagnose and treat cancer. It also works with international partners including WHO, to support Member States to develop and implement comprehensive national cancer control programs.