Women, power and cancer:

A Lancet Commission


Our vision is a world where every person, regardless of their gender, age, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, geography, religion, disability, migration status, among other dimensions, can realize their right to the highest attainable standard of health by having equitable access to affordable quality cancer prevention, risk reduction, treatment, supportive, rehabilitative, and palliative care.



The Commission has the mission to address urgent questions at the nexus of gender, power, and cancer. 



We will adopt an intersectional feminist approach to both the process and outputs of the Commission. An intersectional feminist approach recognizes and seeks to disrupt power dynamics, and to this end, the Commission commits to:

  1. Promoting transformative action towards gender equality, equity, and social justice;
  2. Centering women’s bodies, realities, and voices to capture their real-life experiences in relation to cancer (i.e., experience of cancer, cancer research, control, and care);
  3. Reflecting the plurality of women’s experiences and the multiple intersecting dimensions of inequalities;
  4. Integrating an anti-racist and decolonial approach;
  5. Challenging the way cancer research is funded, conducted, and reported, and by whom, and fostering interdisciplinary inclusive research and policy that transcends biomedical worldviews;
  6. Shifting the ‘culture’ of cancer away from individual blame by recognizing the role of structural, social, and commercial determinants of health affecting cancer risks and outcomes in women;
  7. Addressing asymmetries of power by encouraging reflexivity, humility, and inclusiveness in our approaches to cancer research, control, and care.