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Paul Opoku, Agyemang

Executive Director

African Cancer Organisation

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Paul Opoku Agyemang is the Founder and Executive Director of the African Cancer Organisation (ACO). Paul has more than 20 years of working experience in the global cancer control mission. He started his career as a Clinical Engineer in the early 2000s, working in a National Centre for Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine facility in Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa. He got involved in Cancer Registration and Epidemiology, later into Cancer Prevention, Advocacy and Capacity Development. He has worked on several cancer projects with leading cancer control experts and organisations worldwide and is currently promoting how Africans could prevent future cancers.

Paul is trained in Cancer Registration and Epidemiology by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon (2007). He studied and worked with Kings College Medical School’s Thames Cancer Registry in London and co-authored retrospective cancer research on Cervical Cancer Incidence in South East England from 1960 to 2004 (2007). His cancer research work, which he presented at the 2008 World Cancer Congress in Geneva, Cancer Registration in Low-Resourced Settings: Practice and Recommendations, earned him the maximum European Continuous Medical Education Credits.

In addition, he has worked, supported, and co-authored scientific papers with expert Oncologists, Urologists, Pathologists, Radiologists, Medical Physicists, Surgeons, Gynecologists and Biostatisticians, with research findings and abstracts presented at international cancer conferences and meetings, including International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR) in Turkey (2007); National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) USA (2009); Africa Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) in Tanzania (2009), Egypt (2011), and South Africa (2013); and the Union of International Cancer Control (UICC) World Cancer Congresses in Geneva (2008), Canada (2012), Australia (2014), Malaysia (2018).

Paul is an ICRETT Fellow of the Union of International Cancer Control and has worked under the International Technology Transfer Fellowship Program with the South African Medical Research Council (2009). He is a Scholar of the American Cancer Society University and has training in African cancer Information Communication and Advocacy (2009). Paul is a trainee of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Training Network and Virtual University for Cancer Control in Africa, Breast Cancer Management by the Breast Health Global Initiative and International Primary Clinical Research training by the University of Utah. He has undergone a Cancer Prevention Training Program by the World Cancer Research Fund as approved by the Royal Society of Public Health (2016, 2023).

He holds a Certificate in Business Administration from Australia Institute of Business, Adelaide (2017). He has been a member of the US National Cancer Registrars Association and the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer.

In 2022, Paul won the overall best student award of the UICC Masterclass on Cancer Advocacy, Universal Health Coverage, Tobacco Control, Breast Cancers, Cervical Cancer, Establishing Comprehensive Cancer Centres, and Radiotherapy Treatment, among others. He also pursued training in several cancer control programs with the Johns Hopkins University, including the Institute of Global Tobacco Control courses on Tobacco and COVID-19 with the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Cancer Biology, Cancer Metastasis and Prostate Cancer training with The James Brady Urological Institute of John Hopkins Medical School.

With his decades-long cancer training and experience in global cancer control mission, he has made several presentations to international audiences on different cancer topics, with his most recent appearance along with other scientists and leading experts in cancer control at the 2024 World Cancer Day event on Cancer Diversity Forum hosted by the International Cancer Prevention Institute and held at the Olympic Museum in Switzerland.

In Africa, Paul has carried out several cervical, breast, prostate, liver, and stomach, along with other genito-urinary, gastro-intestinal, and other gynaecological cancer prevention initiatives for individuals, institutions and communities through his cancer education, vaccination and screening programs across all the regions of the Republic of Ghana. He also has trained health professionals in cancer control program planning, implementation and evaluation. He has established hospital- and population-based cancer registries to collect, code, store and analyse data on cancer patients to generate incidence, prevalence, trends and mortality rates required to assess, quantify, monitor and evaluate cancer burden and intervention programs.


Paul is a triple recipient, awarded with Certificates of Achievement for his outstanding dedication towards the global cancer control mission from the American Cancer Society and the Union of International Cancer Control, Geneva.

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