Forum participants discuss breast cancer issues in Brazil.
The American Cancer Society organized and hosted the São Paulo State Intersectorial Breast Cancer Control Forum (I Fórum Intersetorial de Controle de Câncer de Mama do Estado de São Paulo) from February 2-3. This forum was the first of a series of American Cancer Society breast cancer forums that will be held in Brazil aimed at improving breast cancer control and promoting the participation of civil society in cancer planning. São Paulo state was chosen as the site for the first forum because of its leadership role in cancer control policies and infrastructure, and because it has the largest number of breast cancer patients of any Brazilian state. The forum convened 80 participants, including representatives of the Brazilian National Cancer Institute (INCA in Portuguese), the São Paulo state cancer institute (Fundação Oncocentro de São Paulo, FOSP), state and municipal secretaries of health, leading public hospitals, philanthropic hospitals, research universities, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). It received widespread media coverage from leading print, broadcast, and online news outlets in São Paulo.
During the forum, breast cancer experts and key stakeholders discussed recent advances in heath policies and practices, identified persistent barriers to care, and developed recommendations to improve access to and quality of early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and palliative care. The event was organized to coincide with National Mammography Day and São Paulo State Mammography Day (February 5) in order to highlight the importance of breast cancer early detection and care. Speakers included Dr. Lawrence Shulman (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University and co-chair of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries), Dr. Luiz Antonio Santini (director general of INCA), Dr. Ana Ramalho (INCA), Dr. Dr. Nise Yamaguchi (Ministry of Health), José Antônio Marques (Fundação Oncocentro de São Paulo, FOSP), Monica Serra (Instituto Se Toque and first lady of the state of São Paulo), Dr. Nelson Pesciotta (São Paulo municipal secretary of health), Maira Caleffi (FEMAMA), Marilia Casseb (ABCâncer), Dr. Ricardo Caponero (president of the Associação Brasileira de Cuidados Paliativos), Dr. José Getúlio Martins Segalla (Hospital Amaral Carvalho), Dr. Paulo Hoff (Instituto do Câncer do Estado de São Paulo, ICESP), Dr. Luiz Henrique Gebrim (Hospital Pérola Byington), Dr. Edmundo C. Mauad (Hospital de Câncer de Barretos), and Dr. Tânia Aparecida Correia Furquim (Instituto de Eletrotécnica e Energia, University of São Paulo, USP).