Women's College Research Institute

Jump to body content

Twitter chat on global women’s cancers a hit

April 2015

Dr. Ophira GinsburgOn International Women’s Day this year, Dr. Ophira Ginsburg — scientist at Women’s College Research Institute — led a global discussion on Twitter (hashtag #gwcancers) about the challenges and opportunities to improve the situation for women at risk for or living with breast and cervical cancer in developing countries. The Twitter chat aimed to build momentum for The Lancet Series on Health, Equity and Women’s Cancers, which is being led by Dr. Ginsburg and will be published in 2016.

Dr. Ginsburg’s Twitter chat was very successful, attracting more than 70 participants from around the world, including North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. And as hoped for, a diverse group of individuals shared their thoughts and exchanged ideas — patients and patient advocates, cancer care providers, and global leaders.

 “There is a growing global crisis of breast and cervical cancer,” says Dr. Ginsburg. “Fifty percent of women with breast cancer and 85 per cent of women with cervical cancer live in developing countries, and most of the deaths from these cancers occur in those areas. Our series in The Lancet will seek to provide a framework for radically increasing progress in closing the global cancer divide for women.”

To learn more about The Lancet Series on Health, Equity and Women’s Cancers and future Twitter chats and events, visit www.globalwomenscancers.com

Back to April issue of Impact

Jump to top page
  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto

  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)