Florida Hospital Tampa will host a cancer symposium focusing on breast, gastrointestinal and lung cancer March 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Speakers for the event include Drs. Charles Cox, Alexander Rosemurgy, Dragos Zanchi, Harvey Greenberg and Ron Schiff. They will be available for roundtables and breakout sessions highlighting information about physical therapy for cancer patients, palliative care and advice for caregivers.
The American Cancer Society said 1.66 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2014, and more than 585,000 will die this year — practically 1,600 people per day. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease.
The cancer society also said that cancers associated with lifestyles and behaviors related to economic development — including lung, breast and colorectal cancers — will continue to rise in developing countries if preventive measures are not widely applied, according to a release.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women, beaten only by lung cancer. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, but survival rates are continuing to rise.
Cancers of the gastrointestinal tract include esophageal, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, biliary and colorectal cancers. Pancreatic cancer affects approximately 45,000 people each year in the United States, with an almost equal number of deaths. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States.
Lung cancer is the most common of all the cancers, accounting for more deaths annually than the next three forms of cancer combined — colon, breast and prostate. While the cancer traditionally has afflicted men more than women, the rates of lung cancer has risen in the past 25 years.
The symposium will be held at the USF Embassy Suites Hotel near the University of South Florida, 3705 Spectrum Blvd.
To register, visit FHTampa.org/CancerSymposium, or call (813) 615-7300.
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