Sarah AbouElSeoud

On March 21-23, 2012, the Prevent Cancer Foundation held its 14th annual Dialogue for Action on Colorectal Cancer Screening: Today’s Progress, Tomorrow’s Challenge in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference brought together 200 passionate people—doctors, nurses, surgeons, community health workers, staff of state health departments, insurers and more from across the country—all committed to increasing colorectal cancer (CRC) screening!

Dialogue 2012 attendees discuss crc screening quality and cost.

The Dialogue for Action is a highly interactive conference that sparks a lively exchange of ideas, experiences and knowledge. Its goal is to provide people working in the field of CRC screening with recent developments in screening specifically and in the larger arenas of public health and preventive services and with concrete steps they can take to enhance their projects, programs and practices.

The conference began with a distinguished keynote panel on the quality and cost of health care in our future moderated by Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, which was followed by sessions on what it will take to keep increasing screening rates and how the coming changes in paying for health care will affect primary care. Health care reform was a hot topic touched on by several speakers, including Ian Millhiser, JD, Center for American Progress, who discussed the importance of the oral arguments on the health care reform law before the Supreme Court.  Bob Baker, CRC and ulcerative colitis survivor and advocate, spoke passionately about the importance of cancer prevention and early detection as he shared his story and photos from the 4,000 mile cross-country bike ride he did to raise ostomy awareness. You can check out the entire 2012 agenda and many of the presentations by visiting www.dialogueforaction.org.

As part of the conference, the Foundation hosts the Cancer Prevention Laurels Awards Luncheon, co-sponsored by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, to recognize and celebrate innovators and leaders in cancer prevention. Click here to read about this year’s award recipients.

Laurel Lifetime Achievement awardee Sidney Winawer, M.D. with Dialogue speaker Bob Baker, colorectal cancer survivor and advocate

Here are some of the enthusiastic comments shared by attendees:

  • “Outstanding mixture of professionals from a variety of settings contributed to broad scope. Quality of speakers and posters was outstanding and most relevant.”
  • “Appropriate topics and cutting edge issues. The speakers and facilitators did a great job”