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UT Tyler to Hold Community-wide Prostate Cancer Awareness Conference Sept. 17

August 18, 2010

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: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler Department of Health and Kinesiology will hold a community-wide conference promoting prostate cancer awareness, Dr. William Sorensen, associate professor of health and kinesiology, announced.

The Prostate Health Initiative for Gregg and Smith Counties Conference will be 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 at the UT Tyler Herrington Patriot Center, room 2255 and conclude in the University Center Ballroom.

"Prostate cancer strikes one out of six men, about the same as breast cancer in women, yet there is much more silence concerning prostate cancer than breast cancer,” said Sorensen. “With the many prostate health options available, an enhanced community awareness should connect men in ways whereby they can talk about illness, share experiences without embarrassment and contemplate whether a certain treatment fits their needs. We have witnessed amazing community involvement with breast cancer in the last 20 years, and surely this can be duplicated with prostate cancer.”

Conference registration on or before Sept. 5 is $6.50 for students (with ID), $12.50 for UT Tyler faculty and staff, $22.50 for physicians and $10 for all others. Registration after Sept. 5 is $10, $25, $45 and $20, respectively.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

To register, call 903.566.7032 or 903.343.5451.

Featured speakers include Dr. James Belarmino, Urology Tyler urologist; Dr. Gary Gross, founding physician at Blood and Cancer Center of East Texas; Wolfram Blattner, North Texas Prostate Cancer Coalition programs director; Dr. Carolyn Harvey, Behavioral Hospital of Longview nursing director; and Dr. Barbara Haas, UT Tyler associate professor of nursing and Cancer Foundation for Life research director.

With a grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services, the university’s Tyler Prostate Cancer Awareness Project began in 2008 to promote prostate cancer awareness throughout Tyler and both counties.

For more information, contact Sorensen, 903.566.7032 or William_Sorensen@uttyler.edu.

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