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AACR: An annual meeting of "like minds" in cancer prevention

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By Katrina Burton
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One of the most collaborative meetings of researchers in basic, clinical, behavioral and epidemiological science focused on cancer prevention, the 11th Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, is taking place in Anaheim, CA, this week.

A plethora of professionals is expected to attend this year's conference, which focuses on scientific and lifestyle strategies to prevent cancer. With hundreds of research studies and lectures, the program lineup is sure to have something for not only scientists, but for patient advocates and survivors as well. 

MD Anderson Cancer Center will definitely represent with major presentations and leaders chairing sessions, including Ernest T. Hawk, M.D., vice president and head of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences.

Past chair of the 2009 AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, Hawk continues to take a leadership role for this year's conference.

Hawk started off the program Tuesday morning with a professional advancement session for trainees on how to succeed in the field of cancer prevention. He chairs two sessions this week. The first focuses on prostate cancer screening, particularly highlighting the issues of overscreeening, overdiagnosis and overtreatment, and is the opening session Wednesday morning.

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