Sao Paulo, Brazil — The American Cancer Society Global Health Programs and the Instituto Oncoguia, a leading cancer non-govermental organization in Brazil, jointly led a journalist symposium on cancer on August 31. The event aimed to strengthen the patient voice and quality of cancer coverage in the media.
The journalism symposium drew more than 50 leading national and regional journalists
Participants learned about and discussed cancer epidemiology, policy and legal issues, and the challenges of reporting on health topics and cancer. Participants heard from experts on the global cancer and NCD burden (Alessandra Durstine and Gustavo Azenha), the impact of cancer in Brazil ( Dr. Rafael Kaliks), breast cancer control barriers in Brazil ( Dr. Sergio Simon ), cancer patient legal rights (Dr. Tiago Farina Matos), access to radiotherapy (Dr. Carlos Manoel), and the role of the media in helping the public make informed decisions about health (Dr. Otavio Clark). Through lectures and roundtable discussions, participants also heard from leading health journalists from the most prominent media outlets in Brazil, including Luis Fernando Correa (Radio CBN and G1), Claudia Collucci (Folha de São Paulo), Cilene Pereira (Revista Isto É), and Lilian Teles (Rede Globo) who shared their insight into the importance and challenges of improving coverage of cancer and cancer control.
Luciana Holz, President of Instituto Oncogui and Alessandra Durstine, American Cancer Society Global Health Programs