Friday, June 04, 2010
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Native men's health is one of the featured topics at the 8th Mayo Clinic Spirit of Eagles National Conference on Changing Patterns of Cancer in Native Communities.
Hosted by Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development, the conference will be Sept. 11-14, 2010, at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle. A draft agenda is available online.
"Much attention in recent years has been focused on breast and cervical cancer prevention strategies for women, but our Native men are prematurely dying of cancer, heart disease and diabetes," says Judith Kaur, M.D. Mayo Clinic oncologist and course director for the conference. Several presentations will look at this issue and how communities are addressing it.
Registration is now open to community members, cancer survivors, health care advocates, elders, researchers, health care providers and college/medical students.
The theme of this year's event is "Strength through Tradition and Science." Speakers will discuss cancer research advances that affect American Indian/Alaska Natives (AIAN), present examples of community cancer control initiatives, and highlight how the strengths of AIAN traditions can promote cancer prevention and control.
Abstracts for conference presentations are being accepted through June 18, 2010.
Conference highlights include:
For more information, or to register, call Julie Fjetland at Mayo Clinic Spirit of Eagles, 507-538-8385 or visit Hematology/Oncology Course Offerings. A limited number of scholarships are available.
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