Cancer workshop focuses on prevention, detection and intervention

Actress and breast cancer survivor, Vanessa Bell Calloway moderates

10/3/2013, midnight
Statistics show breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American and Hispanic/Latina women.

Statistics show breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American and Hispanic/Latina women.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, that hot-button issue will be addressed in a community workshop titled, “CANCER: Prevention, Detection and Intervention,” presented by the California Oncology Research Institute (CORI) in association with the Global Wellness Project. The event will take place from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday Oct. 5, at First Church of God Center of Hope, 9550 Crenshaw Blvd. in Inglewood. A continental breakfast will be served, and there is free parking on site.

Actress and breast cancer survivor Vanessa Bell Calloway will moderate a distinguished panel of cancer experts that includes CORI Directors Dr. Ronald Hurst and Anton Bilchikm Ph.D., and urologist, Dr. Dana Scott.

Hurst, a breast cancer surgeon, will lead a discussion on the latest advancements in breast cancer research and treatment options. The panel will make presentations and discuss other cancers including prostate, colon and general oncology.

“We need to get ahead of cancer,” said Hurst. “We need to openly talk about ways to live with a diagnosis of cancer. My goal is to reach out to the community the best way I can, which is why I helped to develop the CORI Outreach Program.”

Over the years, Hurst and Bilchik have been advocates for prevention. With this current workshop, they are continuing their aggressive, proactive campaign to arm underserved communities with knowledge about cancer as well as their overall health.

“This workshop will focus on cancers that are prevalent in the African-American and Latino communities,” said Hurst. “Specifically breast and prostate cancers. Workshops like these offer two unique scenarios. One, experts come [to] the community. The norm is when patients need information from the experts, they must go to the experts. Two, they are able to get great information in their own comfort zone. In addition, it’s free.”

Hurst said CORI’s community outreach purpose is a grass-roots concept.

“It is based upon the ideology that in our best efforts as providers of medicine, our best is reactionary,” offers Hurst. “No matter where a patient is treated it is reactionary. With patient education through the vehicle of workshops, we at CORI challenge the current landscape of reactionary medicine to pro-action medicine. Once patients are armed with knowledge, they can become proactive participants in their health care.