Cancer Research Conference focuses on Latino community

SBG San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO -- Dr. Amelie Ramirez considers it alarming that the rate of Latinos diagnosed with cancer continues to climb. She and others have now found a way to address the issue.

Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos, is a three-day, conference starting Wednesday in San Antonio at the Marriott Plaza, 555 South Alamo Street. The event is expected to include 225 cancer researchers and other medical professionals.

The Latino cancer conference is co-hosted by the Institute for Health Promotion Research of UT Health San Antonio and the Mays Cancer Center (the newly named center of UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center).

Dr. Ramirez is concerned about an alarming statistic in cancer research which indicates Latinos are expected to face a 142 percent rise in cancer cases in the coming years. The first-ever Advancing the Science of Cancer Conference will include several speakers discussing the progress of Latino-focused basic research, clinical best practices, community interventions and prevention .

The conference starts Wednesday, February 21st at 5:30 p.m. and concludes Friday afternoon. Congressman Joaquin Castro (D) Texas 20th District, U.S. House of Representatives is among several speakers.

MORE: To learn more about the Latino cancer conference, visit; and follow us at #LatinoCancer2018 on social media.

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