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on the front line

Researchers Focus on Ways to Target and Prevent Cancer


Sylvester researchers found that melanoma rates among minorities in Florida differ from national trends. Scientists discovered higher incidence rates among Hispanic men and non-Hispanic black women, but lower rates among Hispanic women.

Over the past several decades, melanoma has increased quicker than any other cancer. Melanoma incidence also varies by region, most likely because of differences in exposure to UV radiation. An estimated one in 58 Americans will develop melanoma in their lifetime, with lighter-skinned individuals more likely to develop the potentially deadly form of skin cancer. However, melanoma is more likely to be diagnosed at more advanced stages in Hispanic and non-Hispanic black individuals than in non-Hispanic white men and women, resulting in higher death rates. A team of Miller School of Medicine colleagues, including senior author, Robert Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., vice chair, professor and Stiefel Laboratories Chairman of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, published results in the Archives of Dermatology.

Dr. James Grichnik, director of the Anna Fund Melanoma Diagnostic Center, checks a patient for signs of skin cancer.

Dr. Glen Barber was awarded an NCI grant to study cancer-causing viruses and the mechanisms that help them thrive.

SYLVESTER AWARDED FIVE-YEAR GRANT TO STUDY CANCER VIRUSES Glen N. Barber, Ph.D., Chairman of Cell Biology, Eugenia J. Dodson Chair in Cancer Research and leader of the Viral Oncology Program at Sylvester, leads a team of physicians and scientists who were awarded a prestigious five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to study cancer-causing viruses and the mechanisms that help them thrive. Viruses are believed to be the cause of as many as 20 percent of all cancers, but some viruses can infect human cells and remain latent.


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