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Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. ET: ACS and Harvard to host World Cancer Day virtual event

​Program will feature ACS’s Meg O’Brien, plus Dikembe Mutombo, Coach Ron Rivera, and Chaunté Lowe.

In recognition of Black History Month and World Cancer Day this Thursday, the American Cancer Society is partnering with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to present “Game Changer: Intercepting Cancer” on Feb. 4 from 1-2 p.m. ET

Click here to register for the event, and read a detailed agenda. Please share the event with fellow volunteers, colleagues, and friends, and via social media.  

The program will explore the unique role of sports in the fight for a world without cancer and the global health inequities impacting cancer survival.   

The event’s focus on the intersection of sports and cancer comes just days before the sports community turns its focus to one of the biggest contests of the year, the Super Bowl. The webinar features NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo; NFL Washington Football Team Head Coach Ron Rivera; 4-time Olympian Chaunté Lowe; and Meg O’Brien, our VP, global cancer treatment, plus experts from Harvard. It’s moderated by Pam Oliver, senior correspondent at FOX Sports.  

The sports stars all have connections to cancer. Mutombo has been fighting cancer in Africa for many years, while Coach Rivera and Lowe are cancer survivors. They’re expected to share their personal stories, with the health experts discussing the global cancer burden and sharing ways of reducing the burden of cancer in low- and middle-income countries.  

Cancer causes about 1 in every 6 deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. Public health triumphs have led to increases in life expectancy of as much as 30 years in many parts of the world, yet cancer incidence and mortality are expected to rise over the next two decades. And, a disproportionate number of those deaths are expected to occur in low- and middle-income countries.  

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