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American Association for Cancer Research’s Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, Dec. 6-9, 2009

Last Updated: December 14, 2009.

 

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Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference

The American Association for Cancer Research's Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference was held Dec. 6 to 9 at the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel in Houston. The conference focused on the latest biological, medical, and social research behind cancer prevention.

"This meeting has become a major venue for presenting cutting-edge research. As the only comprehensive conference on cancer prevention in the world, it continues to foster important cross-disciplinary interactions that are vital to making critical discoveries and translating them into effective preventive strategies," conference chairperson, Ernest Hawk, M.D., of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, said in a prepared statement.

Highlights included a panel discussion of "New Science in Diet and Lifestyle." The panel included John Milner, Ph.D., chief of the Nutritional Science Research Group at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md.; Elaine Hardman, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine at the Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, W.Va.; Elizabeth Platz, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore; and Tim Byers, M.D., associate dean of the Colorado School of Public Health and interim director of the Colorado Cancer Center in Denver.

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Mark W. Schiffman, M.D., senior investigator for the hormonal and reproductive epidemiology branch of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., was selected to receive the 2009 American Association for Cancer Research -- Prevent Cancer Foundation Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention Research.

Schiffman's work has included research in cervical cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV). According to a release issued by the AACR, Schiffman first proposed that cervical cancer progresses along a causal schema comprising four reliably measured stages: HPV acquisition, HPV persistence (versus clearance), progression to precancer, and invasion.

"The AACR is proud to give this award to Dr. Schiffman," said Margaret Foti, M.D., chief executive officer of the AACR, in a prepared statement. "His investigation of HPV infection and cervical cancer is an example of how interdisciplinary science can be leveraged to promote public health. His work has taken him from the lab to the clinic, with results that revolutionized cervical cancer prevention, impacting women worldwide."

Schiffman presented an award lecture entitled, "Biomarkers and Cancer Prevention: Cautionary Lessons From the Study of Human Papillomavirus and Cervical Cancer."

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AACR: Hops, Coffee May Help Prevent Prostate Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Two common substances -- a hops compound and coffee -- may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. In addition, exercise may reduce the risk of death in prostate cancer patients, according to research presented this week at the American Association for Cancer Research's Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference, held from Dec. 6 to 9 in Houston.

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AACR: Pistachios Increase Levels of Gamma-Tocopherol

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Daily consumption of pistachios -- a rich dietary source of gamma-tocopherol -- may help reduce the risk of lung and other cancers, according to research presented this week at the American Association for Cancer Research's Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference, held from Dec. 6 to 9 in Houston.

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AACR: Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help Prevent Colon Cancer

TUESDAY, Dec. 8 (HealthDay News) -- A high intake of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, and an antioxidant compound may decrease patients' risk of developing new polyps of the large bowel, according to research presented this week at the American Association for Cancer Research's Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference, held from Dec. 6 to 9 in Houston.

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