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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ACC) – On February 17, 2009, Governor Mike Beebe signed the tobacco tax bill into law, making it the most comprehensive health care bill in the state's history.

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, health care advocates, cancer survivors, and caregivers will discuss the current state of cancer in Arkansas at the Arkansas Cancer Coalition's 15th Annual Cancer Summit. The theme for this year's event: "Cancer in 2014, An Update on Cancer and How it Affects Arkansans".

Each year, ACC hosts the Arkansas Cancer Summit as a forum for its members and friends to network, build new skills, and exchange information and ideas on how to improve the quality of life for those personally affected by cancer in Arkansas. This year's summit will focus on cancer updates around the state and how it affects cancer control.

Arkansas Cancer Summit XV will be held at the Wyndham Riverfront in North Little Rock on March 18, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The keynote address will be given by Otis Webb Brawley, MD, FACP, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Executive Vice President, American Cancer Society, at 9:00 a.m.

Other highlights include panel discussions on all forms of cancer and a lecture and Interactive Learning Session on the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect cancer care in Arkansas.

Topping off the midday portion will be an Awards Luncheon, where exemplary members will receive special recognition. Early Bird Registration is only $50 per person. Online payment options are also available at www.arcancercoalition.org/events/arkansas-cancer-summit-xv

About Arkansas Cancer Coalition

Arkansas Cancer Coalition is a nonprofit, statewide comprehensive cancer control partnership comprised of more than 1000 members. Members include cancer survivors, caregivers, medical professionals, hospitals, government agencies, public health services, community health groups, and other advocates who focus on one common goal: to reduce the number of cancer related deaths in Arkansas. ACC is funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention through a grant to the Arkansas Department of Health.

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