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Avon Foundation Brings Together Breast Cancer Experts in Houston to Report Significant New Data
Date:2/5/2008

2008 Breast Cancer Forum Will Address Advancing Prevention and Access to

Treatment

NEW YORK, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Underscoring its continued commitment to advancing access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer, the Avon Foundation will bring together nearly 275 breast cancer experts from all 50 states at the annual Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Forum, held February 4-6 in Houston, TX. This year's Forum, titled "Advancing Prevention and Access to Treatment" will report the latest research studies and examine programs that link breast cancer prevention, screening, and treatment for underserved and minority populations. The purpose of the annual Forum is to foster collaboration, share best practices and disseminate the most recent breast cancer clinical trials information that organizations can immediately apply and use to improve their patients' lives.

This year, the Avon Foundation, in coordination with the Sinai Urban Health Institute of Chicago, will release the results of a comprehensive epidemiological analysis of breast cancer mortality rates for African-American women and white women in Houston. Researcher and health care expert Steve Whitman, Ph.D. will detail the findings of his commissioned study, discuss lessons learned from his hometown of Chicago, present the implications of his findings and make recommendations for action. The disparity in mortality between black and white breast cancer patients in both Chicago and Houston is far above the national average.

In response to the findings, and to expedite solutions, Marc Hurlbert Ph.D., Avon Foundation Scientific Director, will announce the members of the city-wide task force in Houston, including task force Chair Lovell A. Jones, Ph.D., Director, Center for Research on Minority Health and Professor, Department of Health Disparities Research, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The objectives of the task force will be to f
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