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Discovery leaders attend White House Cancer Moonshot meetings

​Drs. Patel, Dahut attend separate April events.

American Cancer Society Discovery Pillar leaders had the opportunity in April to attend several meetings and speak at various events related to the White House Cancer Moonshot

Dr. Alpa Patel, senior vice president, population science, spoke at an event organized by the National Minority Quality Forum, in partnership with the Cancer Moonshot team. Her event focused on Cancer in Minority Communities: Charting a Path to Equitable Cancer Care. See photo above. The purpose of the meeting was to explore solutions to address the burden of preventable deaths and share best practices for providing equitable cancer care for historically marginalized communities. The discussion focused on topics such as environmental injustice, challenges faced by vulnerable and marginalized populations, and effective strategies for engaging and educating communities.

Last week, Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Bill Dahut also attended a meeting, along with ACS CAN President Lisa Lacasse, with Dr. Danielle Carnival, the Cancer Moonshot coordinator and senior advisor to the director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. See photo at right. They met with Exact Sciences (a molecular diagnostics company) and GRAIL (a biotechnology company). Dr. Dahut spoke on the history of Medicare coverage for new cancer screenings and the need for Medicare access before the US Preventive Services Task Force and NCI.

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