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First-ever cancer prevention research meeting

Boston, MA (October 14, 2002) Scientists from around the world are convening here this week at the first-ever annual meeting, organized by the American Association for Cancer Research, dedicated solely to new research in cancer prevention.

Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, taking place October 14-18, 2002, will focus on new studies describing how early intervention through novel preventive drugs, screening methods, diet and lifestyle, and surgical techniques may stop cancer before it has a chance to begin.

"Standard screenings, such as Pap smear for cervical cancer and colonoscopy for colorectal cancer, may soon be joined by a host of new screening methods, such as examination of exfoliated skin cells, patterns of protein in the blood, and nipple aspiration and ductal lavage," said Waun Ki Hong, M.D., the American Cancer Society Professor and Charles A. LeMaistre Distinguished Chair in Thoracic Oncology with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, and meeting chairperson.

Developing novel drug therapies requires the identification of new drug targets, routes of administration, and approaches including gene therapy. Research into targeted therapies is yielding new advances in the way drugs are developed and used, and has begun to close the gap between therapy and prevention. For instance, tamoxifen, which originally was developed to treat breast cancer, is now proven to be effective in reducing the risk of cancer in high-risk patients.

More than a half a million people will die from cancer in 2002. It is the second leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease. AACR leaders envision a future where, through research, the suffering of millions of people worldwide will be alleviated through new prevention techniques.

"We believe that in the future we will be able to treat cancer similar to how cardiologists are treating heart disease. Through the use of preventive medicat
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Contact: Aimee Frank
AMF@spectrumscience.com
202-369-1654
American Association for Cancer Research
14-Oct-2002


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