MD Anderson experts covered multiple aspects of cancer prevention at the American Association for Cancer Research Frontiers in Cancer Prevention meeting.
Powel Brown, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of MD Anderson's Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention, chaired a session on novel targets and strategies for breast cancer prevention.
In an AACR video interview, he also discusses early detection, the role of growth factors and hormones in the growth and metastasis of breast cancer and external risk factors for the disease that women can modify to help prevent it.
Provost and Executive Vice President Ray DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., presented a wide-ranging report on a joint think tank between AACR and the National Cancer Institute about the future of cancer prevention.
In a subsequent video interview with AACR, DuBois highlighted three areas among many addressed by the project:
- Ensuring adequate federal funding for prevention clinical trials, which by their nature take longer than clinical trials that test new treatments.
- Engaging pharmaceutical companies in chemoprevention development, which is expensive, time-consuming and has a higher bar for side effects than therapeutic trials.
- Building public awareness of how cancer begins and develops and how to prevent it.
He also addresses possible scientific priorities for Stand Up to Cancer.
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