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

l and ethnic minorities and the poor continue are more likely to get cancer and die from their disease," said Lovell A. Jones, Ph.D., co-founder of the ICC. "This symposium will shine a light on the unequal burden of cancer faced by ethnic minorities, the elderly and the poor so cancer advocates and policy makers will have the insights to improve the services and programs designed to prevent, detect and treat cancer at its earliest stages and to support the medically underserved through and beyond treatment."

Conference Includes Cancer Survivors' March: National Call to Action

The ICC symposium will launch on April 3 with a cancer survivors' march that is accompanied by a color guard from Howard University. Leading the march will be the Honorary Chairs of the ICC meeting -- Celeste Clark, PhD, Senior Vice President of Global Nutrition and Corporate Affairs for the Kellogg Company and Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Medal of Freedom Recipient, and national civil rights leader.

Focusing on the latest initiatives to address disparities in cancer care, the first day of the conference will feature a plenary session on the EDICT (Eliminating Disparities in Clinical Trials) Initiative, a multi-year project spearheaded by the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Research Center (CDPCRC) at Baylor College of Medicine and the ICC to recruit more women, older people and minorities into clinical trials. Among the speakers will be Garth Graham, MD, MPH, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health; Joyce Hunter, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities; Wanda Jones, DrPH, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women's Health; Tamara I. Miller, JD, Deputy Director of the Office for Civil Rights; Stephen Phurrough, MD, MPA, Director of the Coverage and Analysis Group for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); and Sanya Springfield, PhD, Director of the National Cancer Institute's Center to Reduce Cancer H
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