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Virtual Congressional Briefing: AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2020

Release of the Inaugural AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2020

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Noon – 1:30 p.m. EDT

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The AACR is pleased to release its inaugural Cancer Disparities Progress Report to Congress and the American public. This report, the first of its kind, features the latest research on why disparities in cancer incidence, diagnosis, treatment, and survival exist, and what can be done to address them. The report has been developed by the preeminent cancer disparities researchers in the country and builds upon the AACR’s longstanding commitment to reducing cancer disparities through research, education, and policy, including our annual conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc)
Chief Executive Officer of the AACR

Opening Video: Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2020 Compilation

Antoni Ribas, PhD
AACR President 2020-2021, Professor, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Los Angeles, California

Congressional Perspective

The Honorable Bennie G. Thompson
U.S. Representative for Mississippi’s 2nd District

The Honorable Xochitl Torres Small
U.S. Representative for New Mexico’s 2nd District

The Honorable Markwayne Mullin
U.S. Representative for Oklahoma’s 2nd District

The Honorable Will Hurd
U.S. Representative for Texas’ 23rd District


John D. Carpten, PhD
Chair, AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2020, Professor and Chair of Translational Genomics, Director, Institute of Translational Genomics, USC Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, California

Panelist Remarks

Marcia R. Cruz-Correa, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry & Surgery, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, Director, Division of Cancer Biology, University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Chanita Hughes-Halbert, PhD
Associate Dean, Assessment, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement, College of Medicine, Professor and Endowed Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center
Charleston, South Carolina

Robert A. Winn, MD
Director, VCU Massey Cancer Center
Richmond, Virginia

Cancer Survivor Perspective

Video: Interview with Col. Gary Steele
Survivor of prostate cancer
Carlisle, PA

Video: Interview with Ghecemy Lopez
Survivor of breast and thyroid cancer
Los Angeles, CA

Live Q&A with Panel

John D. Carpten, PhD

Marcia R. Cruz-Correa, MD, PhD
Chanita Hughes-Halbert, PhD
Robert A. Winn, MD
Col. Gary Steele
Ghecemy Lopez