Report from a symposium on catalyzing primary and secondary prevention of cancer in India

Suneeta Krishnan, Preet K. Dhillon, Afsan Bhadelia, Anna Schurmann, Partha Basu, Neerja Bhatla, Praveen Birur, Rajeev Colaco, Subhojit Dey, Surbhi Grover, Harmala Gupta, Rakesh Gupta, Vandana Gupta, Megan A. Lewis, Ravi Mehrotra, Ann McMikel, Arnab Mukherji, Navami Naik, Laura Nyblade, Sanghamitra PatiM. Radhakrishna Pillai, Preetha Rajaraman, Chalurvarayaswamy Ramesh, G. K. Rath, Richard Reithinger, Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, Jerard Selvam, M. S. Shanmugam, Krithiga Shridhar, Maqsood Siddiqi, Linda Squiers, Sujha Subramanian, Sandra M. Travasso, Yogesh Verma, M. Vijayakumar, Bryan J. Weiner, K. Srinath Reddy, Felicia M. Knaul

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Purpose: Oral, breast, and cervical cancers are amenable to early detection and account for a third of India’s cancer burden. We convened a symposium of diverse stakeholders to identify gaps in evidence, policy, and advocacy for the primary and secondary prevention of these cancers and recommendations to accelerate these efforts. Methods: Indian and global experts from government, academia, private sector (health care, media), donor organizations, and civil society (including cancer survivors and patient advocates) presented and discussed challenges and solutions related to strategic communication and implementation of prevention, early detection, and treatment linkages. Results: Innovative approaches to implementing and scaling up primary and secondary prevention were discussed using examples from India and elsewhere in the world. Participants also reflected on existing global guidelines and national cancer prevention policies and experiences. Conclusions: Symposium participants proposed implementation-focused research, advocacy, and policy/program priorities to strengthen primary and secondary prevention efforts in India to address the burden of oral, breast, and cervical cancers and improve survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1671-1684
Number of pages14
JournalCancer Causes and Control
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Advocacy
  • Cancer
  • India
  • Policy
  • Prevention
  • Symposium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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