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Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology 53(5):p i-ii, May/June 2019. | DOI: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000001210
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Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer


Globally, cancer is the second leading cause of death1 with an estimated 18 million cancer cases around the world. Of those cases, 4 of the 7 top most common cancers are from the digestive system.2 It is because of this world health burden that the World Gastroenterology Organisation and The WGO Foundation have selected the Early Diagnosis and Treatment of GI Cancer as the focus of the 2019 WDHD campaign.

Modifying or avoiding key risk factors, early detection, screenings, and treatment can reduce the number of deaths caused by cancer.1 By increasing awareness worldwide, and in particular among low-income and middle-income countries where 70% of cancer deaths occur,1 the WGO global network of WGO member societies, partners, and sponsors can raise the level awareness.

WGO will seek to raise awareness of the Early Diagnosis and Treatment of GI Cancer through its annual public advocacy and awareness campaign, WDHD. WDHD is celebrated each year on 29th May with associated events, activities, and initiatives continuing throughout and beyond the campaign year. WDHD will provide gastroenterologists, hepatologist, their patients, and the lay public with an understanding of the latest basic and clinical research in the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of GI cancers. This campaign will endeavor to inform physicians, pharmacists, allied health professionals, health care payers, and the public of the prevalence, risk factors, and causes of GI cancer. Most especially, we want to ensure that we present an evidence-based and patient-centered approach to the diagnosis and treatment of GI cancer.

WGO’s task is supported by a Steering Committee with a global perspective. The Steering Committee provides expertise on the Early Diagnosis and Treatment of GI Cancer, guides the course of the campaign, and develops educational and training materials. In collaboration with WGO Member Societies, WGO Training Centers and Regional Affiliate Associations, the Steering Committee defines this global initiative and provides the resources to sustain the effort throughout the year.

Through a multifaceted campaign, WGO will provide simple messages for the general public in order to assist them in understanding how the modification and reduction of risk factors, early diagnosis, screening, and treatment of GI cancers affects one’s life and health. Secondly, WGO will develop information for health care professionals with an emphasis on health care professionals in low-resource, developing regions. Multiple informational pieces are planned and will be distributed worldwide, for patients and health care professionals. Through the WDHD 2019 campaign WGO looks forward to providing a better understanding and recognition of the Early Diagnosis and Treatment of GI Cancer. Your participation, through educating the public about the diseases, encouraging participation in screening programs, and promoting healthy lifestyle, is crucial for the success of this campaign.

On behalf of the Co-Chairs of WDHD 2019, Kentaro Sugano (Japan) and Joseph Sung (Hong Kong), Chair of The WGO Foundation and President-Elect of WGO, Naima Amrani (Morocco), The WGO Foundation Vice Chair, Richard Hunt (United Kingdom), and the 2019 Steering Committee, Han-Mo Chiu (Taiwan), Henry Cohen (Uruguay), Francesco Di Mario (Italy), Takuji Gotoda (Japan), David Grahm (United States), Abdel Meguid Kassem (Egypt), Nayoung Kim (Korea), Ernst Kuipers (Netherlands), Yi-Chia Lee (Taiwan), Wai Keung Leung (Hong Kong), Brigette Ma (Hong Kong), Peter Malfertheiner (Germany), Wojciech Marlicz (Poland), Simon Ng (Hong Kong), Arnoldo Riquelme (Chile), Prateek Sharma (United States), Shinji Tanaka (Japan), Kaichun Wu (China), Jesús Kazuo Yamamoto-Furusho (Mexico), and Graeme Young (Australia) we look forward to a productive and successful campaign in providing a global perspective on the early diagnosis and treatment of GI Cancer.


1. “Cancer.” World Health Organization, September 12, 2018,

2. “Worldwide Cancer Data.” World Cancer Research Fund, 2018,


WGO and The WGO Foundation invite you to start planning your WDHD 2019 event today! Although the official date of WDHD 2019 is May 29, many events will take place throughout the year. We challenge you to get involved in the campaign by creating exciting ways to advocate and raise awareness for the early diagnosis and treatment of GI cancer all year long. Take Action and celebrate in your respective communities. WGO and The WGO Foundation are appreciative of all campaign participants and for your continued efforts to support the WDHD campaign. To learn more about WDHD 2019 today visit


  • Host an academic conference or symposium featuring scientific programs, plenaries, poster presentations, or forums on GI cancer.
  • Create a toolkit for health care professionals and the general public.
  • Organize a public awareness campaign and disseminate campaign materials through blogs, podcasts, videos, and brochures.
  • Create your own way to TAKE ACTION to support WDHD and share with us.


  • Host a walk-a-thon to rally your community in support of WDHD.
  • Generate awareness by developing a social media campaign and use the hashtags #WDHD2019 and #GICancer.
  • Engage your local media with podcasts, public service announcements, press releases, radio advertisements, or TV interviews.
  • Create your own way to CELEBRATE WDHD and share with us.

Please visit to officially submit your event for inclusion on the WGO meetings and events calendar. Your event may be featured on the WDHD 2019 events and success stories webpage, and in e-WGN, the official newsletter of WGO. To read the latest issue of e-WGN, please visit


On 29 May, WGO and The WGO Foundation will celebrate WDHD with a 24-hour social media blitz, beginning at 00:00 UTC. Every hour of the day, WGO will post content to engage with followers around the world. To join the conversation in support of WDHD 2019, snap, post, tweet, and share original photographs and videos of WDHD 2019 celebrations, or wear blue in support of the campaign. Tag WGO on Facebook @WGOFWDHD and Twitter @WGOF_WDHD, and be sure to include the hashtag #WDHD2019 in the post. We encourage you to connect and interact with us on LinkedIn too (search for World Gastroenterology Organisation). To learn more about how to interact with WGO on social media, visit

For more information about WDHD 2019 or to obtain the WDHD 2019 logo visit

World Congress of Gastroenterology—21 to 24 September 2019


The next World Congress of Gastroenterology will be organized with World Gastroenterology Organisation and Turkish Society of Gastroenterology. It will take place in Istanbul, Turkey.

Registration is Open!

Visit the World Congress of Gastroenterology 2019 website to learn more about early bird registration, abstract submission, hotel accommodations and much more at

Istanbul, the only city in the world built on 2 continents, has a strategic setting forming the city’s destiny as an imperial capital for nearly 1600 years, for Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. This metropolis proud of its rich history and unequalled natural beauty offers a friendly welcome and genuine hospitality. It will be hard to imagine a more historic part of the world as a focal point for the meetings and congresses in Istanbul. Seated on the Bosphorus, some of the most fascinating history will unfold before your eyes, as you visit this magnificent city.

Recent years have seen dramatic developments in the clinical investigation of digestive function. In relation with those developments, the WGO-TSG Istanbul 2019 congress will include keynote presentations, oral presentations, poster presentations, and exhibitions.

Important World Congress of Gastroenterology Dates

Abstract Submission Closes: May 31, 2019

Paper Review and Acceptance: June 2019

Early Bird Registration Closes: June 30, 2019

Online Registration Closes: September 1, 2019

Onsite Registration Opens: September 21, 2019

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