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Aspen Civic Leaders and M. D. Anderson to Host Cancer Prevention: Self Defense Strategies

Aspen Civic Leaders and M. D. Anderson to Host Cancer Prevention: Self Defense Strategies
M. D. Anderson News Release 07/03/02

To generate greater awareness about advances in cancer prevention and treatment, and to arm individuals with the practical knowledge to reduce risks, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is presenting a free cancer education program for the community on Thursday, July 18.

An informal reception with M. D. Anderson speakers will begin at 3 p.m. with the two-hour program beginning at 3:30 p.m. at The Aspen Meadows. The event is open to the public and is free of charge.

Dr. John Mendelsohn, M. D. Anderson president and world-renown cancer researcher, will open the program to discuss how the last decade has generated valuable scientific answers to long-standing questions about what causes cancer. He will talk about how research has spawned promising new initiatives in research to treat cancer more effectively and how our knowledge translates into cancer prevention strategies.

"Conveying information about cancer prevention and the importance of promising cancer research is a vital part of M. D. Anderson's mission," Dr. Mendelsohn explains. "We look forward to talking to residents and visitors to the Aspen community about current research and answering the many questions that are on people's minds about cancer."

According to Dr. Bernard Levin, professor of medicine and vice president of cancer prevention at M. D. Anderson, almost 75% of cancers could be prevented through limited sun exposure and avoidance of tobacco use, diet changes, increased physical activity and other lifestyle modifications.

"The notion of preventing cancer is a complete shift in thinking from the past, when the focus surrounding the disease was on treatment," said Dr. Levin. "Screening and early detection examinations now allow cancer to be discovered at the earliest, most treatable stages for many tumor types. 

"In the future, we hope that cancer prevention will expand far beyond screening and early detection," Dr. Levin continued. "Rather than depending solely on watching for the first sign of cancer through conventional methods, researchers now are working to develop an aggressively proactive cancer prevention approach that identifies a person's risk at the molecular level, well before any cancer has developed."

Drs. Levin and Mendelsohn will be among the M. D. Anderson faculty members presenting to the Aspen audience. Other presenters include: Dr. Lee Ellis on colon cancer; Dr. Elise Cook, on breast cancer; Dr. Christopher Logothetis, on prostate cancer and Dr. Madeline Duvic, on skin cancer.

M. D. Anderson is hosting the event along with Aspen-area members of the institution's Board of Visitors, including: Judy and Bob Allen; Karol Ann and Paul Barnhart Jr., Sally and Buford Berry; Brenda and John Duncan; Anne and Alan Feld; Frances Ginsburg; Cinda and Tom Hicks; Nancy and Rich Kinder; Beverly and Robert Nichols; Jan and Bob Pickens; Peggy and Carl Sewell; Judy and Charles Tate; and Marie and Bill Wise. 

M. D. Anderson is one of the world's most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. The institution is one of the nation's original three Comprehensive Cancer Centers designated by the National Cancer Act of 1971. In its 61 years of existence, more than half a million patients have been cared for at M. D. Anderson. Over 10,000 patients participated in clinical trials at M. D. Anderson last year, many of them in research on cancer prevention.

For more information or to attend the program, please call Karen Jones at M. D. Anderson at (800) 525-5841 or (713) 792-3450.


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