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April 9, 2018

Familiar Faces at Latino Cancer Conference

By Silvana De Lorenzo

Familiar Faces at Latino Cancer Conference

Latinos will face a 142% rise in cancer in coming years. The inaugural Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos conference tackled Latino cancer with health researchers, oncologists, professionals, leaders and students from across the world. The keynote speakers included Edith Perez, MD, Mayo Clinic Professor of Medicine, and Eliseo Pérez-Stable, MD, Director of the NIMHD and 2016 OHDR Retreat keynote speaker. OHDR Steering Committee members Gerardo Colon-Otero, MD, and Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, PhD, also made significant contributions. Dr. Radecki Breitkopf presented a poster, The LLEAD Study (Latinas Learning About Density): A 3-Arm RCT to Examine Psychological and Behavioral Effects of Density Inform Legislation in a U.S. Federally-Qualified Health Center, and Dr. Colon-Otero participated in a panel, presenting The Biology of Breast Cancer Disparities in Hispanics: Current Knowledge, Gaps, and Research Opportunities. OHDR-funded researcher Narjust Duma, MD, was also in attendance. Her work on disparities in clinical trial enrollment was cited in Dr. Pérez-Stable’s Keynote Address.

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