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The Biology of Cancer: What Is Cancer? Why Do We Care? Health Disparity & Health Equity

August 28, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

What Is Cancer? Why Do We Care? Health Disparity & Health Equity – Antonio Baines, PhD — Wednesday, August 28th at 11:00 AM (The Biology of Cancer Lecture)


The Biology of Cancer:
Exploring the Role of Race, Class, and Socioeconomics
in the Underserved and the Underrepresented

Behind cardiovascular disease, Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of deaths in the United States. What causes Cancer? Why have we not cured Cancer yet? What are some of the myths that surround Cancer care? Why do people of color seem to develop and die from Cancer at rates much higher than the majority of the population?

If you are interested in learning the answers to one or more of these questions, you should consider attending an engaging and stimulating, semester-long webinar series taught by cancer biologists, physicians, public health experts, and other cancer specialists from NCCU, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NC A&T. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to potentially hear from cancer survivors. These hour long webinars will be held during the Fall 2020 semester on Fridays at 11am. Come out and join us!


Antonio T. Baines, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept. of Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Joint Appointment in the Cancer Research Program in the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute, NCCU
Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology at UNC School of Medicine
Member, Curriculum in Toxicology and Environmental Medicine at UNC
Mary Townes Science Complex
NC Central University


What Is Cancer? Why Do We Care?
Health Disparity & Health Equity


Lecture Description

This lecture will be the first of many conversations from researchers and health professionals based at NCCU, UNC, and NC A&T about the family of diseases we call Cancer. For this particular lecture, we will focus on some of the basic concepts and characteristics that define cancer and discuss why it is such a devastating problem for our society. Also, we will discuss why it seems to negatively plaque minority communities the most.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define what “cancer” is and list some of the causes
  • Describe what health disparity and health equity are
  • Discuss why more things need to be done to improve healthcare for all people


Register to Attend via Zoom Webinar Link


Lecture Resources:


*Lecture topic subject to change.


August 28, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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