James Allison and Nubia Muñoz stress the importance of combining prevention and new therapies in the battle to defeat cancer

Immunologist James Allison and epidemiologist Nubia Muñoz, winners in the tenth edition of the Frontiers of Knowledge Awards in the Biomedicine and Development Cooperation categories respectively, were equally vocal at this morning’s press conference on the need to combine treatment advances with prevention campaigns, in order to confront cancer. “We now know the cause of many cancers,” Muñoz points out, “but that should not blind us to the fact that smoking is to blame for 30% of all cancers worldwide, and these are cancers that can be avoided. We have to deploy the two weapons at our command: prevention and treatment.”