content_Dr.-Margaret-I.-CuomoDr. Margaret I. Cuomo, eldest daughter of the late Mario Cuomo, former New York governor, and sister to current governor Andrew Cuomo, is a diagnostic radiologist and author of A World Without Cancer. It has long been her mission to keep prevention at the forefront of cancer initiatives. On May 20, the first New York State Cancer Prevention Summit, sponsored by the New York State Department of Health, will be held in New York City to bring attention to strategies for preventing the many forms of this deadly disease.

How did the NY State Cancer Prevention Summit come about?
National Cancer Prevention Day, held on February 4 in DC, has become a successful bipartisan event—an achievement in itself. I went to the New York State Department of Health and thought, Why can’t we do it here? Dr. Howard Zucker, New York State’s commissioner of health, has been very proactive in approving the Cancer Prevention Summit and in creating a vibrant, meaningful program.

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The New York State Cancer Prevention Summit takes place May 20 from 8:30 am to 4:45 pm at the New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas. The summit is open to the public, but seating is very limited. Admission is free.