News Release

March 27, 2008

Contact: Kristina Goodnough, 860-679-3700

Can Cancer Be Prevented?

Learn Steps to Reduce Cancer Risks at April 10 Discovery Series

Farmington, Conn. – Most Americans know by now that if they quit smoking they reduce their risk of lung cancer; if they avoid exposure to the sun they reduce their risk of skin cancer. But how many know that alcohol consumption increases risk of oral and breast cancers; that physical inactivity is linked with a greater risk for colon cancer?

Experts from the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UConn Health Center will discuss strategies to reduce the risk of several types of cancers, including cancers of the breast, ovaries, colon, skin and more at a Discovery Series program on Thursday, April 10.

The program begins at 7 p.m. in the Health Center’s Keller Auditorium. The Discovery Series is free but registration is required by calling 800-535-6232.

Carolyn Runowicz, M.D., director of the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center and chairman of the National Cancer Advisory Board, along with medical and surgical oncologists from the center will lead an interactive discussion and question and answer session. Moderator of the program will be Mary Jones, host of the Mary Jones Show, WDRC-AM radio.

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