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Pennsylvania Cancer Planning Summit To Be Held at UPMC

WHAT: The Pennsylvania Department of Health, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board, is hosting “Building Bridges: Pennsylvania Cancer Planning Summit,” a one-day session to educate Pennsylvanians about current cancer initiatives and engage stakeholders in the cancer planning process. 
 
WHO: Speakers at the meeting will include:
  • Joel S. Noumoff, M.D., chairman of the Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention, and Research Advisory Board; professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Temple University School of Medicine
  • Nancy E. Davidson, M.D., director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and UPMC CancerCenter
  • Michael Wolf, M.B.A., secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health
Keynote addresses will be given by Marcus Plescia, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Otis Webb Brawley, M.D., chief medical and scientific officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society.
 
WHEN: Thursday, April 11, 8 a.m.
 
WHERE: Herberman Conference Center on the campus of UPMC Shadyside, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, 15232. Distance-learning opportunities will be available at Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, and Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa. 
 
WHY: The Pennsylvania Department of Health estimates that more than 200 people in the state are diagnosed with some form of cancer every day, with lung and breast cancer being the most commonly diagnosed. Cancer strikes people of all ages in Pennsylvania, and although the incidence of cancer has increased over the past 20 years, the death rates have declined.
 
At the Pennsylvania Cancer Planning Summit, speakers will discuss statewide and national perspectives on cancer, followed by smaller breakout sessions that will focus on epidemiology and surveillance, interventions, environmental approaches, and community and clinical links.
 
Media wishing to cover the event should contact Jennifer C. Yates at 412-647-9966 or YatesJC@upmc.edu.

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