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AACR to Host Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities

 Newswise — WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Association for Cancer Research will host its Fourth AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities from Sept. 18-21, 2011, in the Grand Hyatt Washington, located in Washington, D.C.
 
This conference will bring together scientists, survivors, doctors and others to share the latest findings in cancer genetics, epidemiology and treatment methods to better meet the needs of underserved populations.
 
“Cancer continues to strike minorities at a disproportionate rate, but leading researchers are working on ways to better understand causes and offer solutions,” said conference chairperson William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University.
 
The AACR Communications Department has identified a selection of newsworthy abstracts to help guide coverage of the conference.
 
On Monday, Sept. 19 at 1:00 p.m. ET, Chanita Hughes-Halbert, Ph.D., director of the Center for Community-based Research and Health Disparities at the University of Pennsylvania, will host a press conference on the following research:
 
All information directly below is embargoed until Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. ET:
• Association Found Between Stress and Breast Cancer Aggressiveness
• Higher Incidence of Secondary Breast Cancer Seen Among Black Women Regardless of Age
• Depression Affected Preventive Health Screening Among Latina Breast Cancer Survivors 
• Mammography Use Up for U.S. Immigrants
 
Reporters who cannot attend in person can participate by using the following information:
• U.S. and Canada: (888) 647-7462
• International: (201) 604-0169
 
Reporters may also be interested in the following abstracts (embargoed by times listed on the individual releases):
• Genetic Differences May Cause Higher Rates of Prostate Cancer in African-American Men 
• High-risk, Underserved Women Benefited from MRI Screening for Breast Cancer
• Death Rate Higher in Minorities with Acute Leukemia
• Test Could Detect Breast Cancers Earlier in Young, High-risk African-American Women
• Common Genetic Variants Associated with Development of High-risk Neuroblastoma, Poorer Treatment Outcomes
• African-American Men Living in Poor Sunlight Areas at Risk for Vitamin D Deficiency
 
The AACR Communications Department has highlighted the following awards, which will be presented at the meeting:
• Minority-serving Institution Faculty Scholars in Cancer Research Awards
• Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Awards
• 2011 AACR Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities
 
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The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1907, the AACR is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. The membership includes 33,000 basic, translational and clinical researchers; health care professionals; and cancer survivors and advocates in the United States and more than 90 other countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise from the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer through high-quality scientific and educational programs. It funds innovative, meritorious research grants, research fellowships and career development awards. The AACR Annual Meeting attracts more than 18,000 participants who share the latest discoveries and developments in the field. Special conferences throughout the year present novel data across a wide variety of topics in cancer research, treatment and patient care. The AACR publishes seven major peer-reviewed journals: Cancer DiscoveryCancer ResearchClinical Cancer ResearchCancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; Molecular Cancer TherapeuticsMolecular Cancer Research; and Cancer Prevention Research. AACR journals received 20 percent of the total number of citations given to oncology journals in 2010.
 
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