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As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day this February 4, it’s important to recognize that we are making progress in addressing cancer.
World Cancer Day 2020 is about every one of us, and about asking for our commitment to do something to prevent cancer and support people and communities deal with cancer.
My interests in education and global oncology have allowed me to connect with great people. One of them is Dr. Julie Gralow, a fierce advocate for global oncology and an international expert in breast cancer.
Andrea Anampa-Guzmán and Dr. Pamela Contreras-Chavez outline the advantages of attending the ASCO Annual Meeting as an international medical student.
When communicating prognosis, "I would suggest that we give information slowly and steadily, taking things as they come, allowing patients and their caretakers time to settle down and accept things as they are," says Dr. Raj Mohan.
Carolyn Taylor, founder and president of Global Focus on Cancer, and I discuss advocacy, the patient experience, and using your passion to have an impact on the world.
Dr. Omid Etemadi describes the evolution of integrated cancer care in the Philippines. 
Dr. Clarissa Mathias, chair-elect of ASCO's International Affairs Committee, speaks to the incredible impact that ASCO volunteers have on cancer care around the world.
If you have a passion and a calling, writes Ms. Bincy Mathew, don't let the fear of what others might think keep you from achieving your goals.
A famous castle in Byblos was illuminated pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month as cancer care professionals spoke out about screening and early detection.
Dr. Linus T. Chuang outlines challenges and opportunities for global cancer care on World Cancer Research Day.
Imagine a world in which global oncology is studied as rigorously as hematology/oncology, palliative medicine, or public health. What might we accomplish?
Bringing together research from all the world is the best way to advance medicine. Enter, ASCO Breakthrough.
Over 400 attendees and exceptional international faculty members made the 2019 Best of ASCO Lebanon meeting a great success.
Planning for our first global meeting, ASCO Breakthrough: A Global Summit for Oncology Innovators, is almost complete.
Dr. Zuhir Bodalal wanted to be able to offer chances to patients who would otherwise be out of options, so he needed to find a way to bridge different worlds.
"We are in a unique moment in terms of the pace of breakthroughs that are being made and the variety of places that breakthroughs are happening," writes Dr. Peter P. Yu.
I am excited about the entire Breakthrough program, including a session I am leading on the impact of social media and telehealth on cancer care.

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