Prostate Cancer Evidence Academy 2015

This one-day CME/CNE-certified conference presents the latest evidence, research, and model programs that are proven effective or being studied to improve prostate cancer prevention, control, treatment, and survivorship.  Therefore, the goal of the event is to engage clinicians, public health professionals, policymakers, and patients/survivors to reduce the burden of prostate cancer and bridge the gap between research and practice.

 

What: The Prostate Cancer Evidence Academy, a continuing education event hosted by The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

 

When: Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

 

Where: The Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

 

Registration is no longer available.

As a result, of this and other evidence academies, the team published an article in Preventive Medicine. Read the journal article here.

Calls for Changes to Current Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines

In a recent editorial in the journal Gastroenterology, Chyke A. Doubeni, MD, MPH. makes a call for a reassessment of colorectal cancer screening guidelines.

Dr. Doubeni is the chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Perelman School of Medicine and a PRC researcher, as well as Robert H. Fletcher, MD of Harvard Medical School. 

“The accumulated evidence shows that the risk of a colorectal cancer diagnosis in patients associated with having a family history of the condition becomes progressively smaller with increasing age, as does the association between family history and death from colorectal cancer,” Doubeni said. “Current standards recommend aggressive screening until age 75 to 85, but now a growing body of evidence shows that it is not necessary to continue to screen most older people with a family history that aggressively.”

In light of these findings, for patients over 55—particularly those 65 years and older—who have only one immediate family member with colorectal cancer, Doubeni advocates for screening as recommended for average-risk individuals (colonoscopy every ten years or other recommended screening test such as fecal immunochemical test every year). Those with two or more first-degree relatives with the disease, he says, should continue to receive a colonoscopy more often until more evidence is available.

Read the article here.

Best Way to Counteract Harmful Sun Effects Is To Wear Protective Clothing

Co-investigator of UPenn PRC’s Special Interest Project on Skin Cancer Prevention, DeAnn Lazovich, was interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio. First, she comments that the best way to protect yourself from the sun is by wearing clothing. Secondly, sunscreen, Lazovich said, should be the last option. People often feel invincible when using sunscreen when the best form of coverage actually comes from not exposing the skin at all.

Read the article and listen to the interview here.