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Lance Armstrong is to make a special announcement today regarding the new global effort in the fight against cancer and his return to professional cycling at the Clinton Global Initiative being held in New York City.

The annual meeting launches at 10am ET today, with Bill Clinton, Bono, Al Gore, Queen Rania of Jordan and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia all in attendance. The initiative brings together current and former heads of state, corporate leaders, celebrities and activists to address pressing issues like climate change and global health.

More than 12 million people worldwide are diagnosed with cancer each year and eight million will die from the disease. And by 2010, cancer will be the leading cause of death worldwide. Yet a third of all cancers could be cured if detected early and treated adequately. For the past two years, the Lance Armstrong Foundation has researched ways to take their mission to other countries. Combined with Lance Armstrong’s return to professional cycling, the Clinton Global Initiative is the perfect vehicle to take the cancer fight international.

Armstrong – a cancer survivor himself – will use the meeting to outline his three-part initiative to fight cancer on a global level, a campaign that will include ending the stigma of cancer and turn cancer victims into cancer survivors; building an international grassroots movement that will take cancer from isolation to collaboration; and working with world leaders to focus on developing international partnerships, cancer advocacy, research and data collection.

To watch a live feed of Lance Armstrong’s speech to the Clinton Global Initiative, click here at 12pm ET. For more information about the cyclist’s new global effort to fight cancer, visit the LiveStrong Foundation website.

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