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.
Panel One: Alcohol and Cancer: What Does the Science Say?
Susan M. Gapstur, PhD, MPH
Vice President, Epidemiology Research Program, American Cancer Society
Christine Sardo Molmenti, PhD, MPH, RD
Science Analyst, American Institute for Cancer Research
Assistant Professor, Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine
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
Noelle K. LoConte, MD
Prevention Committee, American Society of Clinical Oncology
GI Medical Oncologist, University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
Panel Two: From Evidence to Action on Alcohol-Related Cancers
Harshal D. Kirane, MD
Director of Addiction Services, Northwell Staten Island University Hospital
Sandeep Kapoor, MD
Director, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), Northwell Health
Robert Pezzolesi, MPH
Founding Director, New York Alcohol Policy Alliance
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