Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer and Cancer Survivor, to Headline Premier Health’s Second Annual Cancer Symposium

Conference Highlights Premier Health’s Local Cancer Care, as well as Affiliation with MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a Program Supported by MD Anderson Cancer Center

DAYTON, Ohio (June 29, 2017) – Members of the public and health care professionals can learn about advancements in cancer screening, treatment and research at the second annual symposium featuring perspectives from local and national cancer specialists.

The free event, “Collaborating Against Cancer,” will run from 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St. For the healthy public, patients and families, physicians and other health care providers will share detailed information in language that’s understandable for consumers. The conference also will include a separate track for clinicians. 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and six-time champion, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. He was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), lost his grandfather and uncle to colorectal cancer, and it nearly took the life of his father. As a carrier of the gene, Abdul-Jabbar promotes colorectal cancer awareness for the African-American community.

Premier Health’s affiliation with MD Anderson Cancer Network has enhanced cancer care locally with greater access to expertise from MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the nation’s leading cancer centers. With access to peer-to-peer consultations, quality and safety programs and protocols from MD Anderson, Premier Health is bringing nationally recognized best practices close to home for patients in this region.

“Cancer is something that touches almost all of us, and this symposium is an excellent way to learn firsthand about exciting advances in prevention, screenings, treatment and care,” said Charles Bane, MD, chair of the Premier Health Cancer Institute. “It’s yet another example of our commitment to bringing a high level of cancer care to this region.”

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