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Senator Allen Receives ‘Patient Advocacy Award’ from Penn Medicine

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Addresses Personal Battle with Cancer in Keynote Address to Head & Neck Cancers Conference

State Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) has been honored by the University of Pennsylvania Health System with Penn Medicine’s “Patient Advocacy Award”. Senator Allen was surprised with the award after delivering the keynote address at the hospital’s second annual Focus on Head and Neck Cancer’s Free Conference.

“Being asked to share my personal battle with oral cancer by the hospital that saved my life was honor enough,” said Allen, “but I am truly humbled to receive this award. While I was able to beat back the disease thanks to timely detection and aggressive treatment, too many go undiagnosed or lack access to care until it is too late. That is why I believe it is so important for survivors to get involved, because raising awareness among the public and policymakers will save lives.”

Senator Allen was diagnosed in 2009 with an aggressive form of cancer affecting her mouth and throat. She was treated at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and is currently in remission.

Nearly 50, 000 new cases of cancer impacting the head and neck are diagnosed each year.

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