The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s (ACS CAN) hosted its annual North Carolina Cancer Research Breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 12 in Research Triangle Park. The breakfast event featured the directors of North Carolina’s three NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers – UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and Duke Cancer Institute – as well as a keynote address from Ben Major, PhD, UNC Lineberger member and Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology at the UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Major discussed his American Cancer Society grant work on genetic mutation that occurs in 30 percent of all lung cancers, explaining how his research could result in new treatment therapies.
Hall of Fame Coach of the University of North Carolina women’s basketball team Sylvia Hatchell spoke at the conclusion of the breakfast, sharing details of her battle with leukemia and talking about the important role research played in her treatment and recovery.
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy partner of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority.