Second annual cancer public forum set for March 18

January 26, 2006

Reducing colon and prostate cancer is the focus of the second annual Public Forum on Reducing Cancer in Our Community at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Sponsored by the Penn State Cancer Institute in partnership with the American Cancer Society, the forum is scheduled from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18, in the auditorium at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. The event is free to the public.

Leading researchers and experts from Penn State Cancer Institute, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State University will present information on prevention, early diagnosis and new treatment protocols of colon and prostate cancer. The value of participating in clinical trials and minimizing the risks associated with those trials also will be discussed. Several cancer survivors will present on their experiences.

Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, and the second most common cause of cancer deaths among both men and women, according to the American Cancer Society. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

For more information or to register, call (717) 531-6483 or register at http://www.hmc.psu.edu/ce/ReducingCancer online. Registration is required and lunch is included.

Penn State Cancer Institute is a consortium of four institutional members: Penn State University, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, and Mount Nittany Medical Center. Lewistown Hospital, Wyoming Valley Health System and Susquehanna Health System participate as institutional affiliates. Through a community-based cancer network, Penn State Cancer Institute is committed to the prevention and early detection of cancer, bringing the benefits of world-class research and evidence-based education to the residents of the communities served by its member and affiliate hospitals.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

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