Medicine in the era of 4th industrial revolution, where do we place cancer?
Medicine in the Era of 4th Industrial Revolution, Where do we place Cancer? Exploring Emerging Biomedical Diagnostic and Treatment Technologies
Dr Palesa Sekhejane, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Dr Steven Mufamadi, Nabio Consulting
Date: 25 October 2018 || Time: 9:30 - 15:30 || Venues: Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town and PE
Significant shift from deaths caused by communicable to non-communicable diseases in South Africa is on the rise. In the Republic, cancer is in the second position on the list of causes of deaths. It falls under the category of non-communicable diseases. The leading cancers in South Africa are prostate, basal cell carcinoma, breast cancer, cervix and colorectal. In 2014 alone, histologically diagnosed cancer (all) cases in female were 37 787, and 36 790 for males. Frequency of diagnosis peaks from age 25 with an increase in likelihood as the population ages beyond 30-35 years. To this end, there is a need to prioritise biomedical innovation as an intervention strategy. Whilst there is appreciable and a plausible amount of effort dedicated to HIV/TB in South Africa, cancer is expected to top list killers in the near future because it is a slow developing disease and early detection methods are not advanced. Fourth industrial revolution should not leave human health behind, especially because one of the factors that slows down the pubic healthcare is human capital.
In this seminar, we are interested to explore existing challenges in the public healthcare system in deploying use of emerging cancer diagnostic models as well as application of therapeutic modalities.
The topics of discussions will include;
WHO cancer control programme
Is cancer disease the next threat to South Africans?
Where do we place cancer in the Era of 4th Industrial Revolution?
Emerging biomedical diagnostic and treatment technologies for cancer
The next wave of innovation in oncology by pharmaceutical companies
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