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Annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity

PHEN'S 12TH ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN PROSTATE CANCER DISPARITY

SUMMIT TO TAKE PLACE SEPTEMBER 15-16, 2016 ON CAPITOL HILL AND

AT THE WASHINGTON CONVENTION CENTER

Boston, MA — The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) will host its Twelfth Annual “African

American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit,” on Thursday, September 15th, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.,

at the United States Capitol Visitors Center, (Room HVC 201AB) and on Friday, September 16th, at the

Washington Convention Center (801 MT. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20004, Room 144C), as part

of the Congressional Black Caucus’s (CBC) 16th Annual Legislative Conference, from 9:00 a.m. -12:00

p.m. This year’s Summit will include the sessions: Prostate Cancer Early Detection PSA Testing – The

Next Chapter; Increasing African American Participation in Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials; and Meeting

the Challenges of Educating and Mobilizing Black Communities on Prostate Cancer Issues.

African American men suffer the nation’s largest prostate cancer burden with incidence and mortality

rates 60% and 150% higher than all other men. Now in its twelfth year, The African American Prostate

Cancer Disparity Summit convenes prostate cancer survivors and leaders within medicine, research,

government industry, as well as the community, to address policy and medical issues towards

eliminating this racial disparity.

“We are excited to host our Twelfth annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit,” said

Thomas A. Farrington, PHEN founder and president. “Our focus this year is ensuring that black men are

included in the quickly evolving next chapter for prostate cancer early detection screening, participation

in clinical trials, and education and awareness initiatives.”

During the Summit, Ken Griffey Sr., three-time baseball All-star and spokesman for Bayer’s Men Who

Speak Up campaign will speak about his experiences as a prostate cancer survivor who lost four uncles

to the disease and whose brother was recently diagnosed. Other confirmed speakers include: Summit

host and Congressional Black Caucus member, Representative Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY); Wesley

Coleman Grand Sire Archon, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Boulé); Edith Mitchell, MD, Professor of Medical

Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University and Immediate Past President of the National Medical

Association; Ruth Etzioni, PhD, Affiliate Professor, Biostatistics and Health Services, Fred Hutchinson

Cancer Research, University of Washington, Coordinating Principal Investigator, CISNET Prostate Cancer

Group; Lannis Hall, MD MPH, Director of Radiation Oncology at Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes Jewish

Saint Peters, and Clinical Trials Leader of the Program to Eliminate Cancer Disparities at the Washington

University School of Medicine; and Steven R. Patierno, PhD, Deputy Director, Duke Cancer Institute,

Director, Cancer Control and Population Sciences.

In 2012, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against using the PSA test for

prostate cancer early detection. During Thursday’s Summit session, “Prostate Cancer Early Detection

PSA Testing – The Next Chapter” panelists will examine the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s

(USPSTF) research plan for updating its recommendation, with an emphasis on how it addresses African

American and other prostate cancer high-risk populations. The Thursday afternoon session, “Increasing

African American Participation in Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials” will address the lack of a statistically

significant number of African American men participating in prostate cancer clinical trials and outline

specific steps to increase participation.

The second day of the Summit is hosted by Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, as part of the

Congressional Black Caucus’s 16th Annual Legislative Conference, taking place at the Washington

Convention Center. The session is titled “Meeting the Challenges of Educating and Mobilizing Black

Communities on Prostate Cancer Issues” and will focus on education and awareness initiatives targeting

African American communities. Panelists will review and assess the impact of certain efforts towards

changing the culture and action around prostate cancer for men and their families.

The African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit is Free and Open to the Public and will be

webcast live on the PHEN website: www.prostatehealthed.org. Summit sponsors include: Astellas,

Medivation, Amgen, Janssen, Bayer, CyberKnife; Genomic Health and Dendreon.

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