Prevent Cancer Foundation Convenes National Dialogue for Action to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening

IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 1, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT:
Apoorva Sabnis-Stull
(703) 837-3687
apoorva.sabnis-stull@preventcancer.org

WHAT: On the heels of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and the renewed call for Congressional action to increase funding for colorectal cancer screening and treatment, the Prevent Cancer Foundation will host its 11th annual Dialogue for Action™ for Colorectal Cancer Screening; Harnessing the Power of Success this week in Baltimore.
WHO: The gathering draws together about 250 stakeholders from the healthcare community, including providers, patient and provider advocates, state health officials, researchers, educators, insurers, and various industry representatives — all who have an interest in colon cancer prevention and early detection. Vince Papale, the former Philadelphia Eagles football player and colorectal cancer survivor will be the keynote speaker.
WHY: The Foundation’s goal is to facilitate conversations about the role of primary care and prevention in the context of colorectal cancer prevention and early detection strategies. Based on these initial meetings, participants gain insights into ways they can encourage increased screening in their communities. As the creator and convener of this annual conference, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is committed to providing a forum to exchange ideas on the potential for increasing preventive services and colorectal cancer screening — in spite of the current health care crisis. The concept of this conference is to: spark a dialogue, create action, and continue to make strides toward a cancer-free future.
WHEN: Thursday, April 2, 2009
7 AM – Conference Registration
8 AM – Welcome and Opening Remarks – Carolyn Aldige, President and Founder
Keynote Address by Vince Papale
9 AM – Update on current colorectal cancer screening guidelines – Robert. A. Smith,  Ph.D., American Cancer Society
WHERE: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202