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Third Annual Cancer Project Symposium: August 16, 2008

Attention health professionals: The Cancer Project will host its third annual Cancer & Nutrition Symposium on Saturday, Aug. 16, in Bethesda, Md. The symposium will provide breakthrough information on how foods fight cancer and will feature top cancer researchers, including the following:

Rowan Chlebowski, M.D., Ph.D., will discuss the results of the Women’s Intervention Nutrition Study (WINS), which evaluated the role of a low-fat diet in breast cancer recurrence. Dr. Chlebowski is professor of medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is also chief of the Division of Medical Oncology and Hematology at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. His research focuses on women’s health, breast cancer, and prostate cancer, especially on hormonal mediation of cancer and cancer prevention.


John Pierce, Ph.D., will present the results of the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) study on the role of a plant-based diet in breast cancer progression. Dr. Pierce is a professor and researcher at the University of California, San Diego, Medical Center. He has published more than 260 papers in the areas of cancer prevention and control.



Mark J. Messina, Ph.D., will share details on soy and cancer, building on his experience directing the Diet and Cancer Branch of the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. He co-authored The Simple Soybean and Your Health and two books on plant-based diets, among other publications. Dr. Messina founded and served as the first editor of a peer-reviewed journal on vegetarian nutrition and continues to edit a monthly consumer nutrition newsletter for Loma Linda University.


Alison M. Duncan, Ph.D., will speak about her research on soy and prostate cancer. Dr. Duncan is a professor at the University of Guelph in Canada and has published journal articles on the role of soy and its constituent protein and isoflavones in the reduction of disease risk, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and kidney disease.



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