Women, power and cancer:

A Lancet Commission


                                                                                      International Women's Day 2024


by Ophira Ginsburg, M.D., M.Sc., and Elise Garton, M.Sc.


The Lancet Commission on Women, Power, and Cancer was formed to address urgent questions at the intersection of social inequality, cancer risk and outcomes, and the status of women in society. Women interact with cancer in complex ways: as healthy individuals participating in cancer prevention, as patients, as health professionals, researchers, policymakers, and as unpaid caregivers. In all these domains, women often are subject to overlapping forms of discrimination, due to age, race, ethnicity and socio-economic status, that render them structurally marginalized. The Commission published its first report in The Lancet in September 2023, which included ten recommendations for international organizations, national and subnational governments, researchers and funders, civil society, and the private sector to make cancer research and care, responsive to the needs and aspirations of women in all their diversities.  


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