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UICC World Cancer Congress 2006

Bridging the Gap: Transforming Knowledge into Action

July 8-12, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Monday, 10 July 2006 - 2:30 PM

A Population-Based Risk Management Framework for National Cancer Control

Paul Smetanin, MBF, B.Econ, Graduate College of Management, Southern Cross University (Australia), Military Road, East Lismore, Australia and Paul Kobak, M.Sc, B.Sc., Risk Research, RiskAnalytica, Suite 405, 1696 Avenue Road, Toronto, ON m5m 3y5, Canada.

Objective: Modern and forward looking risk management methods can reduce the complexity of information for national cancer control system resource planning and evaluation. This requires the dynamic measurement of various population-based risks associated with cancer that enables the transformation of knowledge into action.

Methods: An interdisciplinary risk management approach called “Life at Cancer Risk” is developed that allows the future possible states and impacts of cancer in a population to be understood by employing various techniques and philosophies from theoretical physics as well as risk management practices from well validated global banking approaches.

Results: The Life at Cancer Risk framework generates measures of the risk and reward among various types of decision makers in a manner which is applicable with their motivations. Its recent application to the Canadian population has provided several new dimensions upon which the importance of cancer control for a population can be discussed. This is evident from its use by cancer control experts (e.g. Establishing the Strategic Framework for the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control, April 2005), the instigation of public interest (e.g. CanWest major newspaper series on cancer in Canada, October 2005) and the engagement of government politicians (e.g. Canadian House of Commons debates, June 2005).

Conclusion: Using modern and forward looking risk management techniques which generate population-based knowledge, a greater understanding of the wide-spectrum impact that cancer can impose upon a community is achieved. This inevitably leads to management risk-based actions that are consistent and communicable between a broad variety of cancer control stakeholders.

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