Last week, three disparate events came together for me in a remarkable way.
Last week, I had the honor of moderating a panel discussion on Capitol Hill on behalf of the Association of American Cancer Institutes and the American Association for Cancer Research. This panel was sponsored by the congressional cancer caucus and focused on the importance of the nation’s premier cancer research centers. In such settings, it can be challenging to talk about the vital importance of the work done at our cancer centers in a way that highlights the hope without appearing to be resorting to hype.
I am on the road this week.
First, I took a trip to West Palm Beach for a family wedding. On arrival at the airport, and at the wedding, it was apparent there are some small stylistic differences between southern Florida and the Midwest. However, the similarities far exceeded the differences and it would be a stretch to say there is a big cultural difference between the two.
Then, yesterday, I got on a plane and flew over the Atlantic to represent the Association of American Cancer Institutes at a meeting of the Organization of European Cancer Institutes in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. In fact, I am sending this blog from Cluj where I arrived a few hours ago. I spent this afternoon walking around the town to help me deal with jet lag before the meeting starts tonight. In less than 24 hours, I went from tanned Florida retirees to a dynamic eastern European country where I don’t know the language. Now, that is culture shock! Continue reading
Is preventing cancer possible? Two announcements on opposite sides of the equation made me think a lot about cancer prevention this week.
The giant pharmacy chain CVS made the brave announcement that they will stop selling tobacco products even though sale of such products contributes to their financial bottom line. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable cancer deaths. Reducing the convenience of buying tobacco is an effective way of reducing use. The CVS announcement was greeted by well-deserved and enthusiastic approval from a number of cancer organizations including the American Association for Clinical Research, The Association of American Cancer Institutes, the American Cancer Society, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Continue reading