Cancer Moonshot: Community Conversations

Topic: Perspectives on Cancer and the Environment

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May 4, 2022
11:00am – 12:00pm EST

Recording of the May 4, 2022 Live Event

President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden reignited the Cancer Moonshotexternal icon in February 2022 with new goals to reduce the death rate from cancer by at least 50 percent over the next 25 years, and improve the experience of patients and families living with and surviving cancer. This will include supporting innovation to develop new ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer and ensuring we reach more Americans with the tools we have to end cancer as we know it today.

On May 4, as part of the Cancer Moonshot Community Conversations, federal agencies and departments of the Cancer Cabinet will host a series of virtual roundtable discussions to inform and advance their Cancer Moonshot priorities. CDC/ATSDR will focus on listening to different perspectives on cancer and the environment.

11:00-11:05am EST                Moderator Opening Remarks
11:05-11:35am EST                Panelist Perspectives
11:35-11:55am EST                Moderated Discussion
11:55am-12:00pm EST          Closing Remarks

Panelists (In alphabetical order)

  • Margaret L. Kripke, PhD (she/her), Professor Emerita, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (confirmed)
  • Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH (she/her), Executive Director/Council Member, Children’s Environmental Health Network/Cancer Free Economy Network (confirmed)
  • Trevor Schaefer (he/him), Executive Director and Childhood Cancer Survivor, Trevor’s Trek Foundation and Trevor’s Law (confirmed)
  • Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH (he/him), Secretary of Health, Washington State Department of Health (confirmed)
  • Xiao-Cheng Wu, MD, MPH (she/her), Director/Professor, Louisiana Tumor Registry/Epidemiology Program, School of Public Health, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans (confirmed)


  • Patrick Breysse, PhD, CIH (he/him), Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

For more information about the events on May 4, please visit Events & Webinars | The White Houseexternal icon
To engage with the Cancer Moonshot effort visit: Cancer Moonshot | The White Houseexternal icon

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