Alcohol + Cancer Forum

On April 25, 2017 – at the request of the American Cancer Society (Staten Island Region) in association with the Tackling Youth Substance Abuse (TYSA) initiative of the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness (SIPCW) - a range of medical and public health professionals, researchers, cancer control advocates, and community members convened at the Regina M. McGinn, M.D. Medical Education Center of Northwell Staten Island University Hospital.

They gathered to discuss the latest research on alcohol as a risk factor for cancer, and evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies to reduce alcohol-related cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality.

Participants learned that alcohol use is a leading preventable risk factor for cancers of the head and neck, female breast, liver, and colorectum.

Given that only 39% of Americans can correctly identify alcohol consumption as a causal risk for cancer, participants agreed that much more needs to be done to raise awareness and reduce the population burden of alcohol-related cancer.  This site is meant to inform those efforts.


Forum Agenda

Panel One:  Alcohol and Cancer:  What Does the Science Say?

Susan M. Gapstur, PhD, MPH
Vice President, Epidemiology Research Program, American Cancer Society

Alcohol & Cancer: Defining the Exposure and Key Moments in Defining the Relationship


Christine Sardo Molmenti, PhD, MPH, RD
Science Analyst, American Institute for Cancer Research
Assistant Professor, Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine

Alcohol & Cancer: State of the Science


Niyati Parekh, PhD, RD
Associate Professor of Public Health Nutrition, NYU College of Global Public Health
Director, Public Health Nutrition - MPH, NYU College of Global Public Health

The Interplay of Alcohol and Obesity in the Context of Cancer


Noelle K. LoConte, MD
Prevention Committee, American Society of Clinical Oncology
GI Medical Oncologist, University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center

Alcohol Use & Cancer: From Wisconsin to ASCO


Panel Two:  From Evidence to Action on Alcohol-Related Cancers

Harshal D. Kirane, MD
Director of Addiction Services, Northwell Staten Island University Hospital

Accessing Care for Alcohol Use Disorders: Continuum of Care at SIUH


Sandeep Kapoor, MD
Director, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), Northwell Health

Addressing Substance Use as Part of Usual Care


Robert Pezzolesi, MPH
Founding Director, New York Alcohol Policy Alliance

Alcohol Marketing, Kids, & Cancer


Beverly Canin
Patient Advocate

Pinkwashing: When is Enough Enough?


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