In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service, and to support cancer screening accessibility concerns in Flint, Michigan, Exact Sciences partnered with the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) to host the Flint Community Cancer Screening and Health Fair on January 16.

A recent survey conducted by NMQF revealed that 42% of people living in and near Flint identified cancer as their top health concern. The Cancer Screening and Health Fair adds on to a number of efforts underway to examine the cancer incidence in Flint and offer education about prevention and early detection of the disease. Those who attended were offered free cancer screenings, COVID-19 and influenza vaccinations, and other health services. Exact Sciences hosted two booths at the event to encourage and support colorectal cancer screening.

“This day of service honoring Dr. King offers the opportunity to help people prevent and learn about cancer. As a Flint native, I’m passionate about this cause and community,” said Kevin Conroy, Chairman & CEO, Exact Sciences. “Together with local organizations and healthcare systems, we’re building support for Flint’s cancer prevention and detection efforts and look forward to helping decrease the community’s cancer burden.” 

The event was part of NMQF’s Cancer Stage Shifting Initiative, aligned with President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot to focus on detecting cancer earlier and reducing the incidence of cancer deaths, especially for those in underrepresented populations. In the coming year, the Cancer Stage Shifting Initiative will continue to support efforts to increase awareness and access to cancer screenings for at-risk communities in Flint.

As a founding sponsor of the Cancer Stage Shifting Initiative, Exact Sciences is committed to working with industry, advocacy, and community partners to improve screening rates and be part of the long-term solution to reverse cancer trends.

Learn more about the Flint Community Cancer Screening and Health Fair here.

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