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Cancer in New York State: A Cancer Plan for Action including a brief focus on HPV-Related Cancers

September 17 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am

- Free

MEET and LEARN with other oncology professionals

Every year in NYS nearly 110,000 people learn they have cancer, and over 35,000 succumb tot the disease. Dr. Dacus will briefly review the burden of cancer in NYS and highlight the NYS Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan as a tool for statewide action. She will then take a deeper dive into the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), including statewide vaccination and HPV-related cancer incidence and mortality rates. Opportunities and challenges will be discussed. Audience members will leave with ideas for potential action in their local communities.

Speaker: Heather Dacus, DO, MPH, Director, Bureau of Cancer Prevention & Control, New York State Department of Health

Dr. Heather Dacus joined the NYSDOH in 2007 and serves as Director of the Bureau of Cancer Prevention and Control. A board-certified and NYS-licensed preventive medicine physician, she earned her master’s in public health degree at the University at Albany’s School of Public Health and her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Dacus is a Steering Committee member of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, the NYS Cancer Consortium and the Citywide Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C5). Prior to joining the NYSDOH, Dr. Dacus spent six years as a General medical Officer in the U.S. Navy providing direct medical care to Sailors and Marines in Washington D.C., Okinawa and Upstate NY.