The National Cancer Prevention Workshop hosted by Plastic Pollution Coalition member Less Cancer is now available to watch online. Typically a live event on National Cancer Prevention Day in the U.S. (Feb. 4) the workshop was virtual this year and featured over 10 hours of original programming with key leaders in cancer prevention, journalism, education and government.
“Our bipartisan focus is on cancer prevention, not politics,” said Less Cancer Founder Bill Couzens. “We have one of our most dynamic lineups ever with more than 70 presenters including physicians, nurses, scientists, public health professionals, legislators, advocates and educators.”
Panel moderators, speakers, and roundtable conversations included:
- Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, author, What the Eyes Don’t See
- U.S. Representative Don Beyer, Virginia
- Rob Bilott, attorney, author of Exposure that became the movie “Dark Waters”
- U.S. Representative Michael Burgess, M.D., Texas
- U.S. Representative Madeleine Dean, Pennsylvania
- U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, Michigan
- US Senator Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire
- Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global founder, author, public speaker and Huffington Post co-founder
- Jill Kargman, author, comedian, actress
- U.S. Representative Ro Khanna, California
- U.S. Representative Dan Kildee, Michigan
- Miles O’Brien, journalist
- U.S. Representative Chris Pappas, New Hampshire
- U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rogers, Washington
- U.S. Representative Fred Upton, Michigan
- Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey and EPA administrator under George Bush
The National Cancer Prevention Workshop typically is an event on Capitol Hill on National Cancer Prevention Day that educates students, legislators, and provides continuing education credits for physicians, nurse and public health professionals.
“While this year has proven to have some extreme hurdles to overcome, we possibly have our most interesting workshop,” said Less Cancer Founder Bill Couzens. “When we founded National Cancer Prevention Day in 2013, we had no way of understanding how many would embrace it. Our workshop has grown to include global participants from over 10 countries. The impact lasts all year as thousands of students register for the training on Coursera.”
Speakers included several renowned leaders including physicians, nurses, public health professionals, scientists, government organizations, NGOs, advocates and legislators.
“We commend our colleagues at Less Cancer for taking an extra step in creating National Cancer Prevention Day,” said Dianna Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO at Plastic Pollution Coalition. “At Plastic Pollution Coalition, we believe in looking at the big picture and focusing on prevention from disease and pollution. We now know the chemicals used to make plastic are endocrine disruptors. On a personal level, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer that was estrogen receptive, and she died at age 43. How do we prevent exposure to chemicals of concern? We must focus on prevention of disease and upstream solutions to pollution.”
The workshop is available on YouTube and Coursera.
National Cancer Prevention Day first came about through a House of Representatives resolution led by Less Cancer on February 4, 2013. It states that work to prevent cancer impacts human health, the environment, and the economy.
For more information, visit www.lesscancer.org.
About Less Cancer
Founded in 2004, the Next Generation Choices Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity known more widely as “Less Cancer.” The organization works to educate the public, create proactive public policies, and offer continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, and public health professionals regarding cancer, over 50 percent of which are preventable. Less Cancer signifies a new paradigm for addressing cancer, one focused on prevention. This is a departure from previous treatment-focused approaches, which focus on beating, conquering, or curing cancer.