According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), three people are diagnosed with cancer every minute in the U.S.
To raise awareness on this growing health epidemic, College of the Canyons, in partnership with ACS, City of Hope, and title sponsor Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital (HMNH), will host the first-ever Care SCV Cancer Awareness & Resource Expo.
The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, and will feature on-site health screenings, as well as survivor resources and support from various cancer-related organizations.
“The goal of the CARE SCV expo is to provide people with the information they need to prevent, treat and survive cancer, and to let them know about the cancer resources available in SCV,” said Dr. Kelly Cude, professor of biological sciences at the college and the event’s main organizer.
The one-day event will begin with a special address by keynote speaker Dr. Rena Callahan from UCLA Health.
In addition, cancer experts representing City of Hope, Providence Holy Cross, and HMNH will give presentations covering the topics of dietary prevention of cancer, cancer screening, genetic testing in cancer, innovations in radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy.
“Most people are unaware that 90 percent of cancers occur spontaneously, meaning they are not inherited, but rather triggered by outside factors,” added Cude. “Significant improvements to cancer treatments over the past decade have patients surviving longer and with fewer side effects.”
Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A session.
Admission will be free and open to the public.
Free parking will be available for the event and food trucks will be available during the lunch break.
For a full-line up of speakers and to register for the event, visit www.CareSCV.com