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Society leadership discusses cancer issues with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico

The U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Hon. Roberta Jacobson, hosted ACS leadership at the U.S. Embassy on November 14 while they were in Mexico City attending the World Cancer Leader's Summit. The delegation discussed the global and regional burden of cancer, as well as the leadership role that ACS is taking to address it with tobacco control and prevention and control of cervical cancer.  

Ambassador Jacobson cited the Mexico's recent enactment of a tax on sugary drinks as one measure to address the increasing obesity epidemic and related cancers in Mexico. 

The ACS delegation, led by Arnie Baskies, MD, chair of the Board of Directors, and Gary Reedy, CEO, also included Sally Cowal, senior VP, Global Cancer Control, and Bob Chapman, managing director of Global Alliances.

"Engaging our diplomatic corps in embassies around the world is an important part of the Society's effort to spread awareness of ACS' leadership role, while helping to focus U.S. policy towards cancer and other non-communicable diseases," said Sally Cowal, a former U.S. Ambassador herself.  "Not only do we help spread awareness, we also contribute to U.S. public diplomacy and strengthening the role of civil society around the world" she said. 

The World Cancer Leader's Summit is an annual high-level gathering of global cancer control executives. Singer Taboo, one of our global ambassadors, performed at the official dinner.  For more information, please go to

TOP PHOTO: From left, Society CEO Gary Reedy, Honorable Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. U.S. ambassador to Mexico; Arnold Baskies, MD; Sally Cowal, and Bob Chapman.

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