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Fight Against Cancer

Debating scientific advances and the most recent therapies, simplifying concepts, alerting to the need for early diagnosis and prevention, and placing patients at the centre of the discussion, are the main objectives of the face-to-face sessions on cancer literacy, entitled “Treating cancer by you,” an initiative of the Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto (Ipatimup).

After Porto and Aveiro, the third session, on colon cancer, will take place in Funchal, on the 22nd of February, at 6:30 pm, in the Auditorium of the Jesuit College.  Attendees include specialists Manuel Sobrinho Simões, Fátima Carneiro, José Carlos Machado and Jorge Fernandes, and moderated by Antena 1 journalists Tiago Alves and Miguel Soares.

This will be followed by sessions on endocrine tumours in Covilhã, lung cancer in Braga and paediatric tumours in Faro. The sessions will always be on Thursdays, at 6:30 pm, and each of the six sessions will give rise to a podcast on Antena1, which will be available on RTP PLAY, as well as on the various streaming platforms.

“Our goal is to inform and clarify some misconceptions about cancer,” explains José Carlos Machado, a member of Ipatimup’s board. “Having cancer doesn’t mean dying. Although the number of cancer cases is expected to increase by about 50% by 2040, the rate of cancer deaths will fall by about 2% per year, showing that scientific and medical advances in prevention and treatment have paid off. These sessions are for everyone, as anyone can develop cancer. One of the most important things we know is that a well-informed cancer patient is a patient who is more likely to be cured. Information is a powerful weapon in the fight against cancer.”

Samantha Gannon

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