These conversations took place across the world between people whose lives have been touched by cancer in many different ways: oncologists, radiologists, nurses, researchers, patients, survivors, family members, and many more. Held in boardrooms, living rooms, kitchens and community centres worldwide.
These people-powered conversations, helped shape the agenda of the GO PUBLIC: Global Leadership Forum for Cancer Control, where the Final Report was presented on 23-26 September 2009 in Ottawa, Canada.
A report from the Forum Steering Committee, 'The People vs Cancer: Round 1', followed in November 2009, with recommendations of 'where to from here'.
Words about cancer
The GoPublic Wordle is a visual depiction of the words most often mentioned in 'Cancer Conversation' reports from '201 conversation facilitators' from 2,341 participants. The size of the text indicates the number of times the word was mentioned.
Cancer Voices SA - GO PUBLIC: Global Leadership Forum Highlights
Cancer Voices SA contributed 12 (of the 201) 'Cancer Conversations' to Go Public, and Ashleigh Moore, Chair, Cancer Voices SA attended the Global Leadership Forum in Ottawa in September 2009. Ashleigh participated in a Panel Discussion session on Day 1 of the Forum. See some of the highlights.
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What does 'Cancer Control' mean?
Fair question! Cancer Conversations reported that 'cancer control' means different things to different people.
It seems the general public is overwhelmed and confused by mixed messages; we need to be guided by simple clear steps to take action and reduce cancer risk.
Coordination, collaboration and communication were raised as being key to achieving change.
What needs to change?
Participants identiﬁed some of the assistance they felt was needed:
- Connections with other people and organizations
- Access to speciﬁc*information or resources
- Leadership and direction for the movement
- Access to funds to support speciﬁc engagement activities
- Assistance with logistics and technical support
If you would like to find out more and get involved in Cancer Voices activities, email [email protected]