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National Conference Aims to Eliminate Disparities in Cancer Treatment and Deaths for African Americans

-Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, Dr. Harold Freeman, Lovell A. Jones, PhD, and Wilmington Mayor James Baker Among Conference


WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ --

WHAT: The National Conference on African Americans and Cancer

This national cancer care and prevention forum convenes primary

care providers and oncology specialists to discuss the multi-

factorial Cancer epidemic in the African American Community. Over

one hundred medical and community leaders will convene to discuss

the state of the cancer epidemic and to better understand how this

resurging epidemic threatens to undo all the progress made in the

last ten years in African Americans at risk. Despite improvements

in cancer diagnostic technology and treatment, African American

patients are presenting later in the course of the disease with

less favorable results for treatment, and are less likely to

survive beyond the five year mark, the traditional clinical

measurement for a "cancer cure". This meeting will produce

cultural competency guidelines with the goal to increase African

Americans' awareness and access to cancer testing and treatment.

WHEN: Monday and Tuesday, October 22nd and 23rd, 2007

(8:30am - 5:30pm EDT)

WHO: Dr. Joycelyn Elders, Former US Surgeon General; Harold P. Freeman,

MD, Director of the National Cancer Institute's Center to Reduce

Health Disparities and Medical Director for the Ralph Lauren

Center for Cancer Care and Prevention; Lovell A. Jones, PhD,

Director, Cen

SOURCE Minority Healthcare Communications Inc.
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