Welcome Message

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Welcome Message from the Director, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong

Welcome Message from the Director, School of Public Health,
The University of Hong Kong

Keiji Fukuda
Director, School of Public Health,
The University of Hong Kong

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

In 2012, there were 14.1 million new cases and 8.2 million deaths from cancer worldwide; 6.7 million (48%) of the new cases and 4.5 million (55%) of the deaths took place in Asia. By 2030, these numbers are expected to grow to 21.7 million new cases and 13 million deaths worldwide, driven in large part by population growth and ageing. Asia has one of the youngest populations in the world, but is also rapidly ageing and will account for much of the anticipated increases by 2030. These numbers are daunting but greater numbers of people also are surviving cancers.  The challenge for Asia and the world will be to ensure that people get the information they need to prevention these diseases, and for those who develop cancers, to have access to optimum and rapid diagnosis, treatment and support.

Since the first World Congress in Psycho-Oncology was held in Beaune, France, in 1992, the long-term consequences of cancer and its treatment have become much better known and psycho-oncology’s focus on the social and emotional consequences of cancer have improved the care of patients and not just the disease. Nonetheless, barriers to access, inclusion and affordability still remain for many as does the need to ensure that a fully biopsychosocial approach to cancer prevention, treatment and rehabilitation is available for everyone. The ultimate goal is the best possible quality of life, one which is productive and satisfying.

It gives me immense pleasure to welcome delegates to the 20th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and to Hong Kong for this landmark event.  Hong Kong is a dynamic city in a fast evolving and growing region. I hope that the 20th IPOS World Congress, as a truly international organization, will further spread the message about the heightened need for improved cancer care. The Congress aims to allow for a full and fruitful exchange of ideas, evidence and practice in different settings and cultures and to broaden our understanding of what is needed to move forward and provide the most cost-effective cancer care possible.