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U.S. Deputy Surgeon General to Speak to Statewide Cancer Coalition

Indiana Cancer Consortium Annual Meeting to be held April 28, 2015

The U.S. Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., will provide the keynote address during the Indiana Cancer Consortium’s (ICC’s) 2015 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 28 at the Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center in Indianapolis. The ICC meeting, Creating Action, Causing Change, brings Indiana’s cancer community together to network and discuss emerging research trends and best-practice interventions that create better outcomes for cancer prevention, care and control.

RADM Lushniak will discuss The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer, which was released in July 2014. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., and most cases are preventable. The two most common forms are basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. Melanoma accounts for less than two percent of skin cancer cases, but causes the most skin cancer deaths.

“Skin cancer is increasingly a national and statewide priority,” said Sara Edgerton, ICC Steering Committee Co-Chair. “The ICC has made skin cancer a priority, and there really is no better way to launch this initiative than have RADM Lushniak speak to our membership.”

In addition to RADM Lushniak’s keynote address, the meeting will feature the release of the Indiana Cancer Facts and Figures 2015 – the state’s only comprehensive cancer burden report; a presentation on colorectal cancer screening research and increasing colorectal cancer screening rates by Tom Imperiale, M.D., one of the nation’s leading researchers in the field of colorectal early detection, and professor for the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology; and an expert panel on cancer survivorship that includes speakers from the George Washington University Cancer Institute, C-Change and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.

“This is an amazing opportunity to hear from national leaders in cancer prevention, early detection and survivorship,” said Edgerton. “We are excited to bring such a powerful line-up of speakers to Indiana’s cancer community.”

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