DOH MEDIA ADVISORY: “No more cancer”: Coalition launches new state plan to defeat cancer

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 in Latest Department News

U.S. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and Governor David Ige will give their national and local perspectives on cancer at the Hawaii Comprehensive Cancer Coalition Summit at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. The Cancer Coalition will unveil the Hawaii State Cancer Plan 2016 – 2020, a vision and action document designed to reduce the burden of cancer in our state. Men and Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (NHOPI) are more likely to die from the disease than women and other ethnicities in Hawaii, suggesting that these groups are less likely to regularly be screened.

WHAT: The Hawaii Comprehensive Cancer Coalition Summit

WHEN/WHO: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

9 a.m. – Moment of Silence for Mark Takai – Shane Morita MD, Coalition Chair

9:15 a.m. – Opening Address – Governor of Hawaii David Ige

9:30 a.m. – Keynote Address – U.S. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

9:50 a.m. – The Landscape of Cancer in Hawaii – Senator Rosalyn Baker

10:10 a.m. – Break/Media Interviews

10:20 a.m. – Panel Presentation: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges for Cancer Control in Hawaii

Moderator: Tom Kean, Former Director for C-Change


– Senator Rosalyn Baker

– Virginia Pressler, MD, Director, Department of Health

– Randy Holcombe, MD, Director, UH Cancer Center

– Mark Mugiishi, MD, Medical Director, HMSA

WHERE: Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki – Coral Ballroom 4

WHY: Cancer remains the second leading cause of death in Hawaii, with 2,200 residents dying from it each year. One in five deaths from all cancers is potentially avoidable.

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