Latinas Contra Cancer To Hold A National Latino Cancer Summit
The National Latino Cancer Summit will convene researchers, providers, community agencies, health educators and community members to explore and discuss the latest in cancer research, prevention, treatment and best practices within Latino populations.
San Jose, CA (OPENPRESS) Latinas Contra Cancer, a San Jose based health advocacy organization, today announced the program for the National Latino Cancer Summit. The theme for this 6th Biennial event is From Science to Populations to People: The Latino Cancer Conundrum. The National Latino Cancer Summit and its network of researchers, providers, community agencies and outreach workers will explore issues of biology, risk factors, prevention and treatments at the individual and population levels in an effort to address needs and gaps across the Latino Community. The two-day program will be held on July 30 and July 31 at UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center. Everyone is welcomed to attend, space is limited.
"The topics presented at this summit spark important conversation about the impact of cancer on a heterogeneous Latino community," said Sandra Madrigal, Board Chair of Latinas Contra Cancer. "This impact is under-researched and the effect that the differences in lifestyle, environment and genetic variation among Latinos have on cancer incidence, risk and prognosis are still mostly unknown. That is what makes this national summit so crucial."
The Summit will host more than 30 distinguished panelists and speakers including nationally recognized researchers, academics, health educators and health advocates with keynote addresses from Ms. Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H. of UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and Mr. Robert A. Hiatt, M.D., Ph.D. of UC San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. The prestigious "Making A Different World" award will be given to a selected researcher or academic making a positive impact on health outcomes for Latino populations. Nominations are still being accepted.
"We are very excited about the enthusiasm our speakers, sponsors and attendees continue to have about this event dedicated to recognizing and discussing the health disparities Latinos face across the cancer continuum," said Darcie Green, CEO of Latinas Contra Cancer, "We look forward to bringing together experts and advocates from across the country to identify needs and gaps through research and best practices."
The lead sponsor for the conference is the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Care Center. Additional sponsors include City of Hope, NIH National Cancer Institute, Pfizer, The Sobrato Organization, American Cancer Society and the Have A Ball Foundation.
Latinas Contra Cancer is a San Jose health advocacy organization that provides community education regarding cancer prevention as well as support services to low income, Spanish-speaking cancer patients and their families. Since its inception in 2003, Latinas Contra Cancer has educated over four thousand community members, guided several hundred women (and some men) into cancer screenings, provided psychosocial support groups since and navigated over hundreds of patients through cancer treatments.
Join us for another great Summit program packed with exciting speakers, cutting edge panel discussions, learning labs and interactive science cafes.