CTRC program to discuss environmental causes of cancer

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013

One of the speakers is Andrew Brenner, M.D., Ph.D., a neuro-oncologist at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center and assistant professor of medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. <i>Click on images to see larger view.</i>clear graphic
One of the speakers is Andrew Brenner, M.D., Ph.D., a neuro-oncologist at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center and assistant professor of medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. Click on images to see larger view. 

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Contact: Elizabeth Allen, 210-450-2020

SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 4, 2013) — In a world full of chemicals and radiation, it’s easy to perceive that carcinogens are everywhere — in the air we breathe, in the phones we use, in the energy drinks we quaff.

What’s true and what we can do to prevent cancer will be the themes of a free program Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. The program, open to the public, will be held at 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of the CTRC’s Grossman Building, 7979 Wurzbach Rd.

One persistent rumor linking cell phones to brain tumors got a slight boost in 2011 when the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that there was limited evidence of a link and recommended further research, but nothing definitive has been announced since.

Managing proven cancer risks
If people want to manage their cancer risk, they’re better off focusing on what we know for certain, said Andrew Brenner, M.D., Ph.D., a neuro-oncologist at the CTRC and one of the two speakers. “By all accounts to date, cell phones seem to be safe,” Dr. Brenner said. “There are other things to pay attention to. Things within our control, like not smoking and maintaining a healthy diet and exercise, will do more to reduce our cancer risks.”

Speaking about environmental factors that can lead to cancer is Daniel DeArmond, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon  practicing at UT Medicine San Antonio. UT Medicine is the faculty practice of the School of Medicine at UT Health Science Center San Antonio. clear graphic
Speaking about environmental factors that can lead to cancer is Daniel DeArmond, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon practicing at UT Medicine San Antonio. UT Medicine is the faculty practice of the School of Medicine at UT Health Science Center San Antonio.  

 

Environmental hazards
Daniel DeArmond, M.D., a UT Medicine cardiothoracic surgeon, will talk about environmental risks associated with lung cancer.

The jury is still out on some things, Dr. DeArmond said, but the evidence just keeps mounting against smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. “Anything we can do to hammer smoking is a good thing,” he said.

For more information about the program, call 210-450-1152.

The program also will be streamed live online. The lecture is sponsored by H-E-B and the Institute for the Integration of Medicine and Science at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

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The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is one of the elite academic cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center, and is one of only four in Texas. A leader in developing new drugs to treat cancer, the CTRC Institute for Drug Development (IDD) conducts one of the largest oncology Phase I clinical drug programs in the world, and participates in development of cancer drugs approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. For more information, visit www.ctrc.net.




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