About the Symposium

October 25 - 26, 2018

Porter Neuroscience (Bldg 35)
Room 640

Minority, immigrant, and disadvantaged populations in the U.S. continue to experience an excessive cancer burden not only due to barriers in access to health care and cultural barriers, but also due to distinct carcinogen and pathogen exposures, environmentally induced stress, co-morbidities, and ancestry-related risk factors. These factors, singularly or in combination, are the likely causes of the existing cancer health disparities in the U.S. and globally. There is strong evidence from migration studies that the environment defines cancer risk but there is also evidence that population differences in genetic ancestry can lead to population differences in cancer susceptibility. One mechanism by which environmental and ancestry-related factors affect health outcomes is by inducing an adverse tumor biology. This symposium will present recent advances in our understanding of the causes of cancer health disparities in the U.S. and globally, and will discuss disparities in cancer outcome and survivorship, and strategies to reduce these disparities, such as novel approaches to prevention, the use of immunotherapy, and Precision Medicine.

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Organizing Committee: BrĂ­d Ryan, Stefan Ambs, Tiffany Wallace, Michael Cook, M. Constanza Camargo, Lindsay Rowe

Main Topics

  • Integrative Epidemiology and the Analysis of Tumor Biology to Advance Health Disparity Research
  • The Contribution of Smoking to Lung Cancer Disparities
  • Immunotherapy and Cancer Health Disparities
  • Genomics and Health Disparities Interest Group
  • Reducing Disparities in Cancer Survivorship


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