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Monday, April 27, 2009

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Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week NA09109jr

What:          
Cancer Awareness Reception Event – “Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness”  
        
When:            
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
1:00  to 3:00 p.m.  

Where:        
Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower
Level G – Room 503
1450 Biggy Street
Los Angeles, California 90033       

Who:              
The Honorable Los Angeles City Councilmember of the Fourth District
Tom LaBonge – Featured Speaker  
William J. Bratton, Chief of Police – Honored Guest
         
Why:          
Every year head and neck cancers are diagnosed in about 60,000 Americans and affect 900,000 people worldwide making it the world’s sixth most common cancer.  One person dies from this cancer every 60 minutes.  An alarming aspect of this cancer is that there is a less than 50 percent survival rate for more than five years after initial diagnosis.  This is primarily because early warning signs of head and neck cancer are frequently ignored.  It is because of this, that public awareness campaigns are so important.  Support groups for this type of cancer are incredibly important because 90 percent of patients will have physical disfigurement due to the disease and treatment.       

Contact:   
For further information, please contact Ms. Isabel Rosas, Los Angeles Police Commission 213-473-6201.

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