On March 26, 2019, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) announced the recipients of the 2019 June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism. Pulitzer Center grantees Jacqueline Charles and Jose Iglesias won an award in the large newspaper category for their project "Cancer in Haiti."
Haiti has one of the highest mortality rates of women with cervical cancer in the Western Hemisphere, but the lack of treatment centers and resources devoted to treatment means this problem is deeply-entrenched and unlikely to improve in the near-term future. Resources are similarly scarce for children battling cancer, and despite some happy stories of successful treatment, a huge proportion of child cancer patients will not survive. Charles and Iglesias investigate how local Haitians seek treatment despite significant obstacles to health care access.
AACR is an organization dedicated to preventing and curing cancer through research, education, communication, collaboration, funding, and advocacy. Through its programs and services, AACR fosters research in cancer and related biomedical science; accelerates the dissemination of new research findings; promotes science education and training; and advances the understanding of cancer etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the world.
The AACR Biedler Prize was established to raise awareness of the critical role that the media play in educating the public about cancer and cancer research, and to recognize outstanding journalistic coverage that enhances the lay public's understanding of cancer science.
Recipients will be presented with a $5,000 cash prize and a commemorative award on Sunday, March 31, during the Opening Ceremony of the AACR Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.
Please visit the AACR website for more information on the 2019 June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism.