Beaumont hosts 5th African-American cancer prevention forum

2/24/2008

The Beaumont Cancer Institute is hosting its "Fifth Annual Cancer Prevention Forum" from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at the Charles H. Wright African-American Museum, 315 E. Warren Ave. (between John R and Brush streets), Detroit.

Les Brown, a cancer survivor and popular motivational speaker, will present the keynote address, "Surviving Prostate Cancer." Longtime Detroit journalist Doris Biscoe will moderate.

The forum will also include educational tables from the National Cancer Institute; the American Cancer Society; and Beaumont's Cancer Resource and Comprehensive Breast Care centers, Cancer Genetics and Integrative Medicine programs, Radiation Oncology division, Cancer Clinical Trails office; and Beaumont-affiliated support groups for breast cancer (Sharing and Caring) and prostate cancer (Us Too!).

Refreshments will be served, attendees will receive a gift bag and the hosts will have a drawing for door prizes. Those who complete a brief questionnaire will receive complimentary admission to the museum.

Call the Beaumont Cancer Institute at 248-551-0243 to reserve a seat. There is no charge.

"We welcome this opportunity to reach out to the African-American community and offer information on cancers prevalent in their population, as well as ways to prevent them," says radiation oncologist Frank Vicini, M.D., chief of Oncology Services and medical director of the Beaumont Cancer Institute. "We look forward to the inspiring words of Mr. Brown."

Beaumont Hospitals is committed to strategies that prevent cancer or catch it early when it is most treatable. In addition to care in doctors' offices, Beaumont offers cancer prevention counseling, diagnosis and care at its hospitals in Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak and Troy. Beaumont offers resource centers that are available to anyone in the community wanting to learn more about cancer; support groups; integrative medicine; minority outreach forums; and a cancer clinical trials office, where leading-edge therapies are offered as part of medical research. The National Cancer Institute has designated Beaumont Hospitals as a Community Clinical Oncology Program, one of about 50 in the country that connect academic centers with community physicians who enroll patients in medical research. The Michigan Cancer Consortium bestowed a Spirit of Collaboration Award on the Beaumont Cancer Institute's Minority Outreach Program in 2007.