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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@delaware.gov

Date: June 6, 2014


DOVER (June 6, 2014) - Delaware's Division of Public Health and the Delaware Cancer Consortium congratulate Rep. John Carney on receiving the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Public Service Award June 1 for his long-standing efforts to prevent cancer and help those battling the disease. The award is given annually to a person involved in legislative, political action, or community service activities that impact public awareness about cancer, its causes, cures, or treatment. Previous recipients of the award include Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Ted Kennedy, and former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. The award was presented at ASCO's annual meeting in Chicago.

Congressman Carney has been a member of Delaware's Cancer Consortium since its creation in 2001, and for more than a decade chaired the Consortium's Disparities Committee. During that time, he helped lead the successful implementation of Delaware's colorectal cancer screening program. He also worked to help those battling the disease by providing comprehensive treatment for those without insurance and working to reduce prescription drug shortages.

"Congressman John Carney is a tireless cancer fighter. For almost 15 years, he has worked hard to reduce the impact of Cancer in Delaware, especially among African Americans," said Bill Bowser, Chair of the Delaware Cancer Consortium. "I am glad to see his efforts and accomplishments recognized at a national and international level."

"Rep. Carney's work to help implement additional screening and treatment coverage has saved lives in Delaware," said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director. "These initiatives will continue to benefit our community for years to come."

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.