Conference Forges Alliances to Fight Women’s Cancers in English-Speaking Caribbean Countries

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Miami Institute for the Americas at the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences joined with the Pan American Health Organization to hold a two-day “Forum on Women’s Cancer in the English Caribbean” on UM’s Coral Gables campus May 11-12.

The conference drew 60 representatives from the health departments and cancer prevention institutes of more than a dozen Caribbean nations to discuss collaborative strategies for improving the effectiveness of women’s cancer programs. In the English-speaking Caribbean, breast and cervical cancer are the leading cancers among women, with more than 16,000 women diagnosed and more than 6,000 women dying each year.

The forum featured a keynote address by UM President Julio Frenk, who drew on his own experiences as Health Minister of Mexico to frame the discussion.

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