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International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) Selected to Participate in the Premiere LIVESTRONG® Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland

First-ever event to bring together world leaders, advocates and corporations from more than 60 countries to address the
global cancer burden

VANCOUVER, Canada – July 20, 2009 – The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care was pleased to announce that Sanchia Aranda, ISNCC President, and Sarah McCarthy, ISNCC Executive Director, represented the organization at the premiere LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland, August 24 – 26, 2009. The Summit was the landmark event of the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign, an effort of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF).

"ISNCC is thrilled to be invited to this important landmark event” said Sanchia Aranda, ISNCC President, adding, "The LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit represents a necessary international response to cancer and ISNCC is looking forward to represent international oncology nurses at the table.”

"This is an excellent opportunity to represent ISNCC’s commitment to fight cancer internationally and to engage with world media, political leaders, representatives of non-governmental organizations and corporate leadership”, said Sarah McCarthy, ISNCC Executive Director.

"Cancer is a major public health problem that affects every country in every region of the world regardless of economic and social situation,” said Lance Armstrong, LAF founder and chairman, cancer survivor and champion cyclist. "Through collective action, we will make a renewed commitment to reducing the burden of cancer around the world and break down the stigma and silence too often associated with the disease.”

In September 2008, Armstrong announced the Foundation’s commitment to making cancer a global priority at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York. The LAF made this commitment after its worldwide research, conducted over 18 months, revealed widespread misconceptions, stigma and lack of awareness associated with cancer.

In response, the LAF established the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign to urgently address the burden of cancer worldwide and support the 28 million people living with cancer around the globe. Cancer kills more people every year than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. It is estimated that cancer will be the leading cause of death worldwide by 2010.

With such staggering statistics, the LAF recognized that a global challenge like cancer required a global movement. And so it began urging world leaders, leading cancer organizations and cancer survivors to join together by making commitments to take action in their communities to reduce the burden of cancer.

ISNCC is proud to join the LIVESTRONG movement with their commitment: ISNCC: Building Capacity Among Oncology Nurses for Tobacco Control. With the overwhelming new evidence of the benefits of tobacco’s role in cancer causation as well as the benefits of tobacco use cessation after a cancer diagnosis, ISNCC is ready to take the next step in its leadership, and fill a gap in capacity building of nurses in tobacco control. The workshop, aimed to coincide with the 2010 UICC Congress in Beijing, will cover the content areas of tobacco control from prevention to policy, with a special emphasis on tobacco dependence treatment in the context of cancer care. However, the commitment for this proposal goes beyond the workshop, to include the preparation of materials and resources that nurses can continue to utilize and consult after the workshop. The commitment will also include building a global network of nurses working in tobacco control in order to continue to support nurses and their capacity building needs.

Unlike other conferences and forums, the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit is unique in that it will kick off a unified global movement while providing attendees the opportunity to connect with other advocates, network, gain media exposure and access tools and resources to help them mobilize in their own communities. Speakers include honorary Summit chair and former Irish President Mary Robinson, Irish Cancer Chief Professor Tom Keane, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta as well as representatives from the World Health Organization and other global bodies.

ISNCC looked to participate in the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit and help to make the case for acting urgently to address the global cancer burden.

For more information on the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign and the Summit, please visit

About the Lance Armstrong Foundation:
At the Lance Armstrong Foundation, we fight for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. There can be – and should be – life after cancer for more people. That's why we kick in at the moment of diagnosis, giving people the resources and support they need to fight cancer head-on. We find innovative ways to raise awareness, fund research and end the stigma about cancer that many survivors face. We connect people and communities to drive social change, and we call for state, national and world leaders to help fight this disease. Anyone anywhere can join our fight against cancer. Join us