Latinas Contra Cancer is excited to be hosting the 5th biennial National Latino Cancer Summit in San Francisco, CA.

The Era of Genomics in Patient Care is upon us. Data sequencing, bioinformatics, precision medicine are the growing practice in advancing cancer treatment. Beyond the economic, legal and ethical implications of this new frontier in cancer care and potential cure, what is the impact on the largest minority community in the country – Latinos?

Cancer is now the leading cause of death among Latinos according to a 2012 American Cancer Society Report. Roughly a third of the country’s 53 million Latinos is low income and under or uninsured. Will they get access to this cutting edge research and treatment?

Keynote speaker, Dr. Esteban Burchard, Director of the UCSF Center for Genes, Environment and Health and a member of the President’s Precision Medicine Committee, will address among other issues, the missed opportunities in medical care, when less than 4.5% of all minorities are included in U.S. federally funded research.

The Summit will touch on these issues and others in this 2-day information packed presentation of keynote addresses, plenary panels and workshops including:

  • How our genes determine our risk and treatment for disease
  • Why Latinos comprise less than 2% of clinical trials patients
  • What must be done to get Latinos engaged in genetic testing and bio-banking
  • What steps must be taken to ensure “precision medicine “ does not become the medicine of the wealthy