A free open house on all aspects of
cancer prevention, diagnosis, care and research will be held from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m., June 25, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center.
The first event of its kind in the region
to offer such a broad range of information to a lay audience, the
University of Cincinnati Community Cancer Education Day, "Knowledge for
Life," will cover 16 different cancers, including childhood and
It will be hosted by UC Cancer Center and the College of Medicine, in conjunction with University Hospital.
The event will be organized by cancer
type, with particular emphasis on cancers of the colon, lung, breast
and prostate. Physicians and scientists from the College of Medicine
will discuss their specialties and answer questions--publicly or
one-on-one--and ongoing video presentations and exhibits will
supplement each talk.
The major sessions will be Breast Cancer,
10-11 a.m.; Colorectal Cancer, noon-1 p.m.; Prostate Cancer, 2-3 p.m.;
and Lung Cancer, 4-5 p.m.
The comprehensive program will cover
causes and risk factors of each type of cancer discussed, including
hereditary and environmental considerations, as well as possible
prevention, screening recommendations, treatment and outcomes. Speakers
will also provide firsthand information about the latest developments
in cancer research.
The American Cancer Society estimates
there will be nearly 1.4 million new cancer cases in the United States
in 2005, nearly 60,000 in Ohio, 23,000 in Kentucky and 32,000 in
"Cancer has become the most common cause
of death in the United States," says event organizer William Barrett,
MD, associate professor of radiation oncology at the College of
Medicine. "WeĠre anxious to minimize suffering and death associated
with this disease in Greater Cincinnati.
"Education is a major weapon against
cancer," says Dr. Barrett, "and this conference, with its uniquely
broad scope, will be a tremendous educational opportunity for all who