eNewsletter - Community Outreach
Fourth Annual Harrisburg Cancer Education Summit
On Saturday, November 2, 2013, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute held its fourth annual Harrisburg Cancer Education Summit at the Zion Assembly Church, Harrisburg. This year's theme was Breast Cancer: Families Taking Control. The program was developed and coordinated by the Harrisburg Community Health Workers, a cadre of trained community members dedicated to reducing cancer in Harrisburg.
The primary purpose of the annual summit is to provide participants with evidence-based strategies to reduce the impact of cancer on individuals and the community of Harrisburg. The event was attended by more than 90 people, mostly community members. One of the high points of the program was the panel discussion from a team of Penn State minority physicians. The physicians discussed the latest breakthroughs in cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, as well as the importance of physical activity for cancer survivors and genetic testing to understand family cancer risk. Wafik S. El-Deiry, M.D., Ph.D., interim director of the Cancer Institute provided an update on cancer research and addressed participant questions. Representatives from the American Cancer Society and Pinnacle Health participated and provided important information to participants.
The summit is held every year on the first Saturday of November. In addition to the summit, the Cancer Institute conducts an annual cancer survivors day on the first Sunday of June in collaboration with houses of worship in Harrisburg. The Cancer Institute also facilitates a breast cancer support group in Harrisburg. In an ongoing manner, the Community Health Workers provide navigation to improve physical activity, nutrition, and cancer screening among residents of Harrisburg.