World Cancer Report Updates

The Learning Platform from the 2020 World Cancer Report

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Social Inequalities and Cancer – Webinar Recording

People who have lower socioeconomic status or are part of marginalized groups tend to have a higher incidence of certain types of cancers and higher mortality from most cancer types compared with people who have higher socioeconomic status. This webinar provides an overview of how the phenomenon of inequalities in cancer is shaped, and of how socioeconomic inequalities affect all countries worldwide and all citizens within each country. The experts also touch on strategies to tackle inequality in cancer.

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Obesity and Cancer – Webinar Recording

Obesity is an established risk factor for cancer at 13 anatomical sites. This webinar provides an overview of current understanding on the epidemiology and biology of the obesity–cancer relationship as well as important outstanding research questions. It also addresses the challenges of current and future interventions aimed at breaking the obesity–cancer link and explores what can be done at both the societal and individual level to tackle the obesity crisis and its impact on the cancer burden.

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Live events


6 MAY 2021 – Live Webinar: COVID-19 and Cancer Screening

What are the consequences of COVID-19 for cancer screening? What challenges have been encountered by countries? What could be turned into an opportunity, and what lessons have been learned? The webinar will address these questions and provide examples from low-income and high-income countries.

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The World Cancer Report Updates platform provides learning resources and opportunities related to selected content (or highlights) from the 2020 World Cancer Report

Its aims to widely disseminate knowledge about these highlights and to invite researchers and professionals to learn about these topics from different perspectives.

Highlights from the 2020 World Cancer Report

Read more about each of those highlights on the IARC World Cancer Report webpage.

Socioeconomic Disparities

In diverse countries (including high-income countries), socioeconomic disparities limit the impact of proven preventive interventions.

Body Weight

Although excess body fatness increases the risk of cancers at various organ sites, including the colon and rectum, the risk may be reduced by intentional weight loss.

Individual Susceptibility

Individual susceptibility to particular cancers is increasingly understood from molecular technology.

HPV Vaccination

Cervical cancer may be eliminated as a public health problem by vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, even in low-income countries where cervical cancer is the major cancer type.


Cancer-causing pollution of air and water are amenable to intervention by technological and regulatory means.

Sporadic Cancers

Deaths from sporadic cancers (i.e. cancers for which no recognized exposure accounts for tumour development) may be prevented by screening or earlier diagnosis.


Tobacco use continues to be a major cause of cancer worldwide.

Sun Exposure

Protective options are being taken against hazardous exposure to sunlight.

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