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Dr. Felicia Knaul

Felicia M. Knaul, Ph.D.

  • Professor
  • Director, University of Miami Institute for the Americas
  • Public Health Sciences
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1. Lead author of Closing the Cancer Divide: An Equity Imperative and Secretariat of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control (GTF. CCC) in developing countries. The term "cancer divide" stems from the severe disparities in the way cancers affect the rich and poor, and this book provides evidence of research across the different facets of this phenomenon. The facets are comprised of (1) risk factors associated with cancers amenable to prevention through behavior change (e.g., smoking and lung cancer) or reduced exposure to environmental risk (e.g., indoor air pollution and lung cancer), (2) preventable infections for which no vaccine exists that are associated with cancer (e.g., HIV/AIDS and Kaposi’s sarcoma) and infections that can be prevented through vaccination or detected and controlled in pre-cancerous stages (HPV and cervical cancer), (3) cancers for which treatment exists and is often made more effective by early detection (e.g., breast cancer), (4) suffering associated with the social and psychological aspects of disease or survivorship, including discrimination and stigma, and (5) pain and physical suffering associated with all cancers, including those for which neither effective treatment nor prevention is possible. 2. Apply health systems perspective to chronic care management, using cancer as a tracer illness and by utilizing a diagonal approach (strengthening health systems while simultaneously focusing on disease-specific priorities) in order to address the cancer divide and expand cancer care and control globally. 3. Promote integration of women's cancers into women and health agenda (maternal & child health, sexual reproductive health), the broader global health agenda (NCDs and universal health coverage) and wider development agenda (sustainable development goals). 4. Value of cancer care and caring (from a patient engagement perspective).