CancerWorld Journalism Award

Details of the next Cancer World Journalism Award will be published shortly.

The winners of the 2018 CancerWorld Journalism Award have been announced:

Outstanding journalism recognised
in the Cancer World Award





The Cancer World Journalism Award encourages, celebrates and rewards journalists who deliver insights into the personal and social impact of the disease, and efforts to change policy, practice or advocacy.

We are looking for journalists to submit one or more items of their work – whether in print, online, on radio, video or television – into the following categories:

  • Patient and carer experience
  • Research, science and treatment
  • Policy, services and affordability
  • Prevention

In all categories, we are looking for articles/programmes that move beyond documenting experience, science, policy and practice. We want to find work that challenges, addresses urgent questions, increases awareness and prompts change. We are particularly looking for serious investigative journalism.

A prize of €1500 is available for the winner in each category.



2018 Cancer World Journalism Award winners
Overall winner
Swagata Yadavar from India won the Policy, Services and Affordability category for her investigation into India’s growing cancer crisis, centred around experiences at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai. It was published in IndiaSpend, the country’s first not-for-profit data journalism initiative.

Patient and Carer Experience category winner
The winner in the Patient and Carer Experience category was Laure Andrillon from France, for her piece in Slate magazine about women who choose to “stay flat” after mastectomy and choose to heal in their own way.

Research, science and treatment category
Max Rauner from Germany won the research, science and treatment category for his article “Do you need a doctor? See your digital sibling first”, published in the Zeit Wissen magazine. The piece examined the potential value of computer simulations to guide treatment decisions.

Prevention category winner
The winner in the prevention category was Faiza Ilyas, for her story in the Pakistan newspaper Dawn: “Oral cancer epidemic in the making due to gutka, paan consumption”.

Special commendation
The judges decided that one entry, though not a winner, deserved a special commendation. It was an article entitled “Mirror of hope, lie of cancer” by Hajar Harb, a journalist in Palestine who wrote in the Gaza Post of the experiences of women facing breast cancer in the Gaza Strip, and her own journey to find treatment.

2016 Cancer World Journalism Award winners
Overall winner
Pia Heinemann from Germany won the Research, Science and Treatment category for her article published in Welt Am Sonntag about the need for gene testing to prevent many cancer patients from having unnecessary chemotherapy. The judges were impressed that she had written about a complex and important subject in such an accessible manner.

They decided she should be the overall winner.

Patient and Carer Experience category winner
The winner in the Patient and Carer Experience category was Pauline Kairu for her patient-centred investigation into the state of cancer care in Kenya for the Daily Nation newspaper.

Policy, Services and Affordability category
The winner in the Policy, Services and Affordability category was Suman Naishadham for her article “Cancer with no pain meds? The tragedy of India’s painkiller shortage”, published on the website The Influence.

Prevention category winner
The winner in the Prevention category was Duanduan Yuan, a health and environmental journalist for Southern Weekly in China. The judges commended her responsible investigation into the alleged link between baby powder use and ovarian cancer.

Special commendation
As well as recognising the four category winners, the judging panel gave a special commendation to a group of entrants who had used funding from ( to carry out an impressive cross-border investigation into why cancer patients in Eastern European countries often cannot afford the newest therapies and the role of the EU in setting the drug prices. These highly commended journalists are: Eric Breitinger (Switzerland), Aleksandra Jolkina (Latvia), Stanimir Vaglenov (Bulgaria), Cristian Niculescu (Romania), David Leloup (Belgium) and Dimitra Triantafillou (Greece).