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AACR to Unveil Inaugural Cancer Disparities Progress Report at Virtual Congressional Briefing on Sept. 16, 2020

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The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) will host a virtual Congressional briefing to unveil the inaugural AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report.

This comprehensive, first-of-its-kind report will feature the latest research on why disparities in cancer incidence, diagnosis, treatment, and survival exist, and what can be done to address them. It highlights the vital need for continued research, collaboration, and funding to ensure that advances against cancer benefit all people, regardless of their race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or the communities in which they live. The report also includes a special section on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on cancer care and disparities.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020
12-1:30 p.m. ET

This briefing will be presented virtually via Zoom. To register, please contact Kathleen Venango at [email protected] or Matthew Burns at [email protected].

The briefing will include remarks from members of Congress and a panel discussion featuring cancer disparities experts and cancer survivors.

Congressional speakers include:

  • U.S. Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-Mississippi)
  • U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma)
  • U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small (D-New Mexico)
  • U.S. Representative Will Hurd (R-Texas)

Keynote speakers and panelists include:

  • Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), AACR Chief Executive Officer
  • Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD, FAACR, AACR President; University of California Los Angeles Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • John D. Carpten, PhD, Chair, AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2020 Steering Committee and AACR Minorities in Cancer Research Council; University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
  • Marcia R. Cruz-Correa, MD, PhD, Steering Committee member; University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Chanita Hughes-Halbert, PhD, Steering Committee member; Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina
  • Robert A. Winn, MD, Steering Committee member; Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center
  • Ghecemy Lopez, breast and thyroid cancer survivor, Los Angeles
  • Col. Gary Steele, multiple myeloma and prostate cancer survivor, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

There will be a Q&A session at the end of the briefing.