One thousand delegates from 40 countries to descend on Hamilton for 2011
World Conference on Breast Cancer

HAMILTON, ON, June 7 /CNW/ - Today, marks one year until the 6th World Conference on Breast Cancer to be hosted by Hamilton, Ontario from June 7 to 11, 2011. The Conference is the only Canadian conference that brings together breast cancer survivors, supporters, health-care professionals and researchers from around the world.

The Conference creates opportunities to examine issues in all their variety and complexity, giving equal voice to the person affected by breast cancer, the clinician, the scientist, and the advocate. In this way, international knowledge is shared and enriched from a number of perspectives that broaden expertise, deepen sensitivity and respect, and accelerate progress in confronting breast cancer.

In 2008, more than 600 delegates from 32 countries participated in the Conference held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At the 2010 Annual General Meeting on June 5, 2010, it was determined that an expected 1,000 delegates from 40 countries will participate in the 2011 Conference.

"Through the conferences, our delegates share their breast cancer experiences and knowledge from varying cultural perspectives and roles," says Leila Springer, President, World Conference on Breast Cancer Foundation. "The shared goal is to improve the impact breast cancer has on women and men globally."

At the 2010 Annual General Meeting, the Conference's Youth Day was approved. The youth component will be open to two hundred high school and undergraduate university students from the around the world. These individuals will represent breast cancer advocates, individuals who have been impacted by breast cancer or are interested and concerned about breast cancer prevention and risk reduction. The one-day session will include interactive presentations and workshops focused on prevention by sharing knowledge on healthy lifestyle choices, safe daily-care products, and screening.

The 2011 Conference's premier sponsor is Scotiabank and other sponsors include Tourism Hamilton, The Hamilton Spectator, Rethink, and Pioneer Petroleums.

World Conference on Breast Cancer Foundation

The World Conference on Breast Cancer Foundation is a charity dedicated to international and multi-disciplinary action on breast cancer. It is dedicated to holding a global conference on breast cancer every three years in Canada as part of its mission to increase awareness and advance action on breast cancer through knowledge exchange, capacity building, advocacy and global networking.

Website: www.wcbcf.ca

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For further information: For further information: Media contact: Melissa McDermott, Melissa@wcbcf.ca, (647) 201-4427

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