The Cancer Council Queensland has announced a historic meeting in May next year, when more than 600 breast cancer survivors and experts from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and The Americas will converge on Brisbane for the 15th UICC Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference.
The conference, hosted by The Cancer Council Queensland from May 13 - 15, 2009 will be the first worldwide forum for breast cancer consumers, support organisations and health professionals to meet and address common goals. Delegates will have the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge across different cultural settings.
Registrations open on March 1, 2008 and abstract submissions will open on April 15, 2008. For more information and to register visit the website www.reachtorecovery2009.org.
The Conference will focus on three key areas: Survivorship, Capacity Building and Peer Support, with special tracks on, resources and funding, consumer/clinician collaboration, and issues faced by young women.
Delegates can look forward to an exciting and valuable program with leading speakers from around the world and special events such as the Adventure Workshop exploring benefit finding after breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women with more than one million new cases diagnosed globally in 2002, representing 10 per cent of the world's cancer burden and 23 per cent of all female cancers.
The Cancer Council Queensland's Chief Executive Officer Professor Jeff Dunn said "Breast cancer is a global issue with around 1.2 million women diagnosed each year and more than four million women living with breast cancer worldwide."
"The Reach to Recovery International movement has, through peer support and advocacy, played a unique and important role in acknowledging and celebrating the power of shared personal experience."
The Cancer Council Queensland is not government funded and relies solely on the generosity of Queenslanders to continue its vital work.