SSO Addresses Global Cancer Burden – Supports World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day LogoThe global cancer burden rises year over year and it is predicted that by the year 2035 there will be 23.9 million new cancer cases and 14.6 million cancer-related deaths.1 According to a Lancet Oncology Commission article from 2015, over 80% of cancer cases will require surgery.

SSO and the European Society of Surgical Oncology, (ESSO) have come together to make the case for a streamlined global surgical oncology curriculum of uniform standards. The two Societies have jointly published several articles to address global surgical training. The first article, Variations in Training of Surgical Oncologists: Proposal for a Global Curriculum Global Curriculum in Surgical Oncology, addresses minimum uniform standards of training.

The two most recent manuscripts are “Global Curriculum in Research Literacy for the Surgical Oncologist and Global Variations in the Level of Cancer-Related Research Activity and Correlation to Cancer-Specific Mortality: Proposal for a Global Curriculum”. The two publications complement one another and emphasize that providing timely, effective and safe cancer care depends on an understanding of current evidence-based clinical practices.  Read more about the Global Curriculum.

As a partner, (SSO) supports World Cancer Day through the delivery of programs that fulfill our mission of improving multidisciplinary patient care by advancing the science, education and practice of cancer surgery worldwide. SSO has unique programs that focus on the training of surgical oncologists, general surgeons and surgical fellows throughout the world. Some additional programs include our Annual Cancer Symposium and our Fellows Institute.

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