Global Breast Cancer Network (GBCN)

Meeting on Global Breast Cancer Network on February 27, 2012 at Development Gateway
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
Development Gateway, Inc.
Washington D.C.

More than two thirds of all cancer deaths now occur in low-­ and middle- income countries. The diseases once thought to be the “diseases of the affluent world” are now becoming diseases of the less affluent. Globally cancers represent 29% of the deaths from non-­‐communicable diseases (NCDs). The forecasted changes in population demographics in the next two decades mean that, even if current global cancer rates remain unchanged, the World Economic Forum (WEF) estimates the incidence of 13.3 million new cancer cases in 2010 will rise to 21.5 million by 2030.

In 2004, breast cancer deaths in low‐ and middle‐ income countries were significantly higher than deaths in high-­income countries. New cases of breast cancer globally are predicted by WEF to be 2.1 million in 2030 up from 1.4 million new cases in 2010. Fifty-five percent of the 2030 new cases will be in low- and middle‐ income countries representing a massive burden for these countries.

The United States is a global leader in research, education, policy, clinical practice and public education in the field of breast cancer. The knowledge, expertise and open source materials developed by American government agencies, universities, foundations, non-­‐governmental organizations, etc., could greatly assist other countries, particularly the low-­‐resource countries, to respond to this massive burden.

Duke Global Health Institute, Internet2, OHSL, and Development Gateway convened stakeholders to form an Internet-based Global Breast Cancer Network (GBCN). The purpose of this network is to create a dynamic space to (i) globally share breast cancer knowledge, clinical trial training and expertise; and, (ii) to facilitate international collaboration. The initial meeting explored GBCN’s goals, objectives, strategy, content & possible collaborations and partnerships.

(From left) H. Kim Lyerly, M.D., George Barth Geller Professor of Cancer Research Professor of Surgery, Duke Global Health Institute and Denise Leonard of Open Health System Laboratory.












(From Left) Drs.Ken Beutow, Director of Computational Sciences and Informatics, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, Arizona State University and Michael Sullivan, Associate Director, Health Sciences Initiative, Internet2