For Immediate Release
October 4, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Kansas Cancer Partnership to Kick Off 2012-2016 Prevention and Control Plan Oct. 5

TOPEKA, Kan.  – The Kansas Cancer Partnership will meet in Topeka on Oct. 5 at the Kansas History Museum to kick off implementation of the Kansas Cancer Prevention and Control Plan 2012-2016. The Partnership is comprised of individuals and organizations from across the state who are committed to reducing the occurrence of cancer in Kansas, decreasing  cancer-related deaths and improving the quality of life among cancer survivors.

Gary Doolittle, M.D., Chair of the Kansas Cancer Partnership and Professor of Oncology at the University of Kansas Cancer Center, will make opening remarks at 10 a.m. This will be followed by a celebration of the Partnership’s past accomplishments presented by Peggy Johnson, Wichita Medical Research and Education Foundation.

At 10:30 a.m., Robert Moser, M.D., Secretary of Kansas Department of Health and Environment and State Health Officer, will present an overview on “Cancer as a Public Health Problem in Kansas.” At 10:45 a.m., Dr. Doolittle will launch the Kansas Cancer Prevention and Control Plan 2012-2016. The afternoon agenda includes Cancer Action Team meetings during which attendees will develop strategies for achieving the goals and objectives in the state cancer plan.

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Who: Kansas Cancer Partnership, Chairman Dr. Gary Doolittle and Health & Environment Secretary Robert Moser, M.D.
What: Kickoff of the Kansas Cancer Prevention and Control Plan 2012-2016
When: 10 a.m. to Noon
Where: Kansas History Museum, 6425 SW 6th Ave., Topeka