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Boston, MA (BlackNews.com) — The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) will host its “Ninth Annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit” on September 19th and September 20th in Washington, D.C. The summit assembles leaders within government, medicine and research, along with survivors and advocates to share and collectively address strategies to eliminate the prostate cancer racial disparity. Black men in the United States have a 60 percent higher prostate cancer incidence rate and suffer a 140 per cent higher death rate than men of any other racial or ethnic group.

“The release of multiple prostate cancer early detection screening guidelines during the past two years and the recent trend towards active surveillance has caused a tremendous amount of confusion within Black America. However, clarity is paramount for Black men who are facing prostate cancer incidence and death rates that are unprecedented compared to other men,” says PHEN president Thomas A. Farrington. “Our summit will strive to provide some clear answers and directions.”

The 2013 summit sessions are: Evaluating Early Detection Screening Guidelines; New Developments and Evolving Trends in Prostate Cancer; PHEN Community Education and Awareness Outreach Initiatives; Active Surveillance – To Treat or Not to Treat Prostate Cancer; New Diagnostics Tests for Informed Treatment Decisions; Clinical Trials Equity.

The venues for the two-day summit are the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Building; the Washington Convention Center and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). More information about the summit sessions and the schedule for each venue is available on PHEN’s website at: Summit Update .

The summit is open and free to the public. Registration is now available online at:
www.prostatehealthed.org/register2013.php

For more information about the Ninth Annual Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit, please email rapcancer@prostatehealthed.org or call 617-481-4020.

About PHEN
PHEN was founded in 2003 by Thomas A. Farrington, a prostate cancer survivor and author, with a mission to eliminate the African American prostate cancer disparity. PHEN’s efforts are implemented through its national “Rally Against Prostate Cancer (RAP Cancer)” initiatives which include the annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit. For more details, visit www.prostatehealthed.org

 

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