2007-08-24 / Community

Third Annual African-American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit

Congressman Gregory W. Meeks would like to invite his constituents to the third annual African-American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit, to be held on September 27 and 28, 2007, in Washington, D.C.

Prostate cancer strikes the African- American community at disproportionately high rates. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 30,000 African-American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year; at least 4,000 will die. African - American men are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer as men of other racial or ethnic groups. Research has found that black men with moderate-grade cancers were 36 percent less likely than white men to receive treatment. With early detection and the proper treatment, prostate cancer is curable.

"I am committed to addressing the disparity in quality of treatment of African-Americans. Earlier this year I introduced H. Res. 288 in the House, that would encourage federal agencies to designate funding for prostate cancer education, awareness, outreach, and research focused on the disease's effect on black men," Meeks explains. "Together with my colleagues in Congress, I hope to put forth a proactive agenda to combat and educate men about this disease."

The conference, including the luncheon, is free and open to the public. If you are interested in attending the conference, contact Kim Fuller to pre-register at 202- 225-3461. For more information, contact conference organizers at summit@prostatehealthed.org or visit www.prostatehealth.org.

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