A Deadly Divide: Global Disparities in Women’s Cancers

In 2012, WHO statistics show that worldwide breast and cervical cancer took the lives of 522,000 and 266,000 women respectively. This is approximately half a million more women who died from these two cancers alone than from complications in pregnancy or childbirth. However, how these cancers present and how they are managed differs from one region to another. This results in a disparity in survival rates for breast and cervical cancer.

The cause of disparities is frequently attributed to lack of access to care and low socioeconomic status. However, extensive studies on disparities in the US suggest a more complex interplay of factors as these disparities persist even in the presence of access to health facilities. Many aspects including cultural, social and individual considerations are at play and form a large part of the health-seeking behavior of any woman in any community.

Any effective plan to overcome these barriers will require an understanding of the current healthcare climate and the myriad factors that could propagate these disparities. This discussion will highlight disparities that exist both locally and abroad and examine the various approaches that are being used to mitigate them. Attend this discussion to learn more about disparities that exist, strategies that exist to counter them, and for a chance to share your thoughts and contribute to the development of new and innovative ways of addressing these disparities.


This event is open to the public.

Date & Time(s)


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Zuckerman Research Center
417 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065


Francesca Gany
Memorial Sloan Kettering

Victoria Blinder
Memorial Sloan Kettering

Melissa Pilewskie
Memorial Sloan Kettering

Miriam Mutebi
Memorial Sloan Kettering
Groote Schuur Hospital UCT

Anne Marie Beddoe
Mt. Sinai Hospital

Kathie-Ann Joseph
Bellevue Hospital
NYU Langone Medical Centre

Kevin Holcomb
Weill Cornell Medical College
NY Presbyterian Hospital