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12th Annual Cancer Education Summit

November 6, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Cancer is a leading cause of death in the United States, yet disruptions brought by COVID-19 have significantly impacted the number of Americans getting their routine cancer screenings. Many screenings have either been canceled or postponed, leaving a vast number of patients behind on their care.

Cancer screening is an effective preventive measure that can reduce cancer incidence and death. This session explains why screenings are so important and how certain patient populations have been affected disproportionately. Our agenda is listed below.

Welcome and Opening Remarks – 9-9:30 a.m.

  • Ms. Lorna O. LeMelle, MA, Community Outreach Manager
  • Raymond Hohl, MD, Director, Penn State Cancer Institute

Keynote “Cancer Screening Challenges during COVID-19: Demystifying the Fear – 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Ify Ndukwu, MD, MBA, Interim Chief of Diversity, Equity and Belonging for the Penn State College of Medicine; Operations Co-Director for the Division of Hospital Medicine; and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Break – 10:30-10:45 a.m.

“The Dangers of Disparity – Health Care Equity: Our Future Depends On It” – 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Ms. Nelva Wright, Health Officer, City of Harrisburg

“Healthy Living” –  11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Eric Rothermel, Harrisburg YMCA Physical Activity

“Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer Screenings” – 11:30 – 11:50 a.m.

Laura Makaroff, DO, Senior Vice President of Prevention and Early Detection for the American Cancer Society.

Closing Remarks – 11:50 a.m. -noon

Eugene Lengerich, VMD, MS, Associate Director, Health Disparities and Engagement, Penn State Cancer Institute

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For questions or if you need help registering, please call 717-531-1050.


November 6
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
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