According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.6 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2016. In addition, cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States, accounting for nearly one of every four deaths with more than 1,500 people dying from cancer each day.
But is cancer inevitable or can it be prevented? Research shows that a large number of cancers and cancer deaths could be prevented through recommended screening tests, vaccines, and healthy lifestyle choices.
The Bipartisan Policy Center and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network hosted a conversation with leading national public health experts—three former and current Department of Health and Human Services assistant secretaries for health—about cancer prevention and the programs and policies that can support that goal.
Opening Remarks from:
Richard C. Wender, MD
Chief Cancer Control Officer, American Cancer Society
Panel discussion with:
Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc
Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services
Joxel Garcia, MD
Executive Director of the MD Anderson Cancer Control and Prevention Platform
Howard Koh, MD, MPH
Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Co-Chair of the Prevention Initiative, BPC