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Date:10/10/2007

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. To celebrate its 60th anniversary, the American Association for Cancer Education (AACE) will focus its annual meeting on health disparities and minority cancer education.

AACEs 2007 Annual Meeting is Oct. 11-13 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North. The conference is subtitled Cancer Education in Minority and Underserved Populations.

The AACE meeting will draw 200 experts from the worlds major universities and health institutions, including cancer researchers, doctors and educators from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) schools of Public Health, Medicine and the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Some attendees are expected to come from AACEs sister organization, the European Association for Cancer Education.

It really made sense to bring the conference to the Southeast since an important area of focus is minority health, cancer disparities and cancer education in underserved communities, said AACE President-Elect John W. Waterbor, M.D., Dr.P.H., an associate professor in the UAB School of Public Health.

Our university has a long-standing connection with AACE and its goals. Many UAB faculty and alumni share this commitment to enhancing cancer knowledge within the framework of medical schools, schools of public health and outreach, Waterbor said.

Sessions will include discussions of the use of community partnerships to implement clinical trials, especially trials that boost enrollment for cancer studies aimed at reducing health disparities. Other sessions will focus on the cancer education needs of African American and Hispanic patients, and how the faculties of schools of medicine, health professions, education, nursing, social work, dentistry, osteopathy and other disciplines can better coordinate cancer education programs.

Study findings and practice guidelines to be reported at the annual meeting include:

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Contact: Troy Goodman
tdgoodman@uab.edu
205-934-8938
University of Alabama at Birmingham
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