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Spring symposium to focus on challenges

The 2009 Hollings Cancer Center Spring Symposium will focus on cancer disparities, the challenges and steps needed to provide solutions; and feature some of the latest findings on cancer, including genetic, racial and lifestyle factors that affect black populations.
Hosted by the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, the symposium March 12-13 at the Hollings Cancer Center will feature some of the nation’s leading experts on racial cancer disparities, particularly among African-American populations.
Discussions will focus on cancers that affect higher numbers of black versus white Americans. Diseases of focus will include colon, prostate, cervix, skin, and lung cancers. Researchers also will discuss genetic markers, lifestyle influences and problems presented in rural populations that contribute to South Carolina’s high cancer rates.
Scope of the Problem and Steps Toward the Solutions will include scientific sessions on: Cancer Disparities: Surveying the Landscape; Chemoprevention: Preventing Colon Cancer and Investigating Disparities; and Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer: Why is the Burden Higher in African-Americans?
Welcoming remarks will be presented by Andrew Kraft, M.D., HCC director; Anthony Alberg, Ph.D., HCC associate director for Cancer Prevention and Control; and Harris Pastides, Ph.D., University of South Carolina president.
MUSC cancer and cancer disparities experts Alberg, Marvella Ford, Ph.D., Michael Wargovic, Ph.D., and Kristin Wallace, Ph.D.; will join Saundra Glover, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities at the University of South Carolina; and experts from Vanderbilt, universities of Chicago, North Carolina, Oklahoma; and the National Cancer Institute who will provide an unprecedented review and projection of cancer in the African-American population.
Those attending and participating in the symposium and accompanying poster presentation include researchers and clinicians actively involved in topics that relate to cancer prevention and control.
The research symposium objection is to enable participants to describe some of the complex social, behavioral, and medical determinants of population health/cancer disparities; review current topics addressing the cancer experience in medically underserved communities; describe genetic mutations that affect cancer risk in different population groups; outline strategies for cancer chemoprevention; review the evidence supporting the efficacy of chemoprevention in cancer; and examine future directions in chemoprevention of cancer. In addition, participants will leave having a better understanding of dietary and lifestyle influences in racial cancer disparities; and understand the natural history and epidemiology of colorectal cancer in blacks.
The symposium will begin with a meet the researcher session from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., during which the public will pose questions regarding cancer prevention and research.
The sessions on Friday are comprehensive and offer an opportunity for exchanges between researcher, clinicians, patients and the public.
Though attending the symposium is free, registration is required. For information contact Tonya Hazelton, 792-4477,; or register by March 2 at

Friday, Feb. 27, 2009

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