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HCC offers basic training sessions on
cancer prevention, treatment
training through MUSC’s Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) is offering state
residents the opportunity to become health educators where they live.
And while no one will leave the half-day sessions with a medical degree
or a doctor of philosophy degree, participants will be able to carry a
message of cancer prevention and wellness into their communities.
This training, called the Cancer Education Guide, was developed in 1998
by the South Carolina Cancer Alliance (SCCA). It targets all South
Carolinians and aims to educate all ages about cancer prevention, early
detection and treatment.
Jim Etheredge, coordinator for HCC’s Prevention and Control Program,
said that via partnerships with SCCA, AT&T, and the American Cancer
Society, Hollings has taken the lead on hosting these education
sessions several times a year throughout the Lowcountry.
“The training is popular, and we see this as an excellent outreach tool
that teaches participants how to lower their risk of cancer and lead
healthy lifestyles. It also prepares them to teach these skills to
their family, friends and commun-ities,” Etheredge said. “Our goal at
Hollings Cancer is to identify other partners statewide, especially
those working with the medically underserved, and broadcast the message
that cancer is beatable and treatable.”
The sessions teach basic information about cancer, screening,
prevention, and nutrition. Participants leave with training materials
that will allow them to teach to groups ranging in age from first-grade
through adults. Etheredge also has added special sections on prostate
cancer and clinical trials.
HCC plans to hold at least one more session this year and four in 2009
throughout the state.
For information, call 792-8192 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, July 4, 2008
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