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State of Cancer Care for Nation's Poor and Minorities Is Focus of Conference in Washington
Date:3/28/2008

Forum Is Largest Meeting on Disparities in Cancer Care and Survival

WASHINGTON, March 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The state of cancer care for the nation's poor and ethnic minorities will be addressed when the Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) and Baylor College of Medicine hold the 11th Biennial Symposium on Minorities, The Medically Underserved & Cancer April 3-6 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

The ICC Biennial Symposium is the largest forum in the United States and its associated territories solely designed to confront the disproportionately greater suffering and compromised health from cancer facing the medically underserved, such as racial and ethnic minorities. The conference will feature more than 40 educational sessions, an information exchange forum, and several awards ceremonies, including one to honor Maureen Lichtveld, M.D., M.P.H., a pioneer in the science of gene-environment interaction, especially as it relates to environmentally induced carcinogenesis.

With the theme Charting a New Course Together: Quality Health Care for All, ICC's 11th biennial symposium comes at a time when new reports document disproportionate rates of the incidence, prevalence, mortality, survival, risks and treatment of cancer for racial and ethnic minorities and those living in rural areas. A major topic on the agenda will be mobilizing communities to overcome these disparities by learning about innovative programs to increase cancer screenings and to recruit more cancer patients into clinical trials at the local level. The forum will also focus on best practices in patient navigation for those undergoing cancer treatment and increased access to pain management and palliative care at the end of life, areas where disparities in cancer care are significant.

"As a nation, we have witnessed significant declines in cancer deaths, but not all Americans are benefiting equally from this progress. Cancer is an area where racia
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