August 9, 2002

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Winners in the Department of Pathology's annual dessert contest, held last week, were Joyce Johnson and her pecan pie, left, third place, Scott Mitchell and his Cherry Yum Yum, second place and first place winner Gina Tucker and her Butterfinger cake. The desserts were judged by professionals from local hotels, and after the winners were announced, the department was able to taste all the entries. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Cancer Answer Evenings set for September

Cancer Answer Evenings, a series of informal conversations with experts at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, will continue in September with four sessions on a wide variety of topics.

Tuesday, Sept. 3: “Childhood Cancers: Victories We Can Claim.”

Dr. James Whitlock, Craig-Weaver Chair in Pediatrics and director of Pediatric Oncology, will be joined by pediatric oncology nurse Connie Ford as they discuss the great strides that have been made against childhood cancers and the challenges that remain.

Tuesday, Sept. 10: “Can Five-A-Day Help Keep Cancer Away?”

As many as one-third of all cancers might be prevented by a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, according to some estimates. Janet Friedman, Ph.D., research assistant professor of Medicine, will discuss which plant-based foods are most beneficial and how to incorporate them into your diet.

Tuesday, Sept. 17: “Real Men Get It Checked.”

Dr. Joseph Smith, William L. Bray Chair in Urologic Surgery, will discuss the latest in detection, treatment and research for prostate cancer, the second most common cancer in men.

Tuesday, Sept. 24: “Ovarian Cancer: Keys to Detecting a Silent Killer.”

Dr. Lynn Parker, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Gynecologic Oncology), will discuss the risk factors, prevention and treatment of ovarian cancer, often called “the silent killer” because it often presents no symptoms until it’s too late for a cure.

All Cancer Answer Evening events begin at 5:30 p.m. in the 8th Floor Conference Center of the Frances Williams Preston Building. To get there, use the elevators opposite the fountain in the lobby on the south end of the Preston Building (formerly MRBII), off Pierce Avenue and next to The Vanderbilt Clinic near the Pharmacy.

For more information call 936-5855.

Five-a-day week to teach about eating veggies

Mom was right about eating your veggies.

The National Cancer Institute estimates that as many as one-third of cancers could be prevented by a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and recommends at least five servings a day.

Join us for these events, each at noon in the 8th Floor Conference Center in the Frances Williams Preston Building.

Monday, Sept. 9: “Kids and Veggies.”

Learn easy ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your children’s diets.

Tuesday, Sept. 10: “Five in One.”

Learn how to get your five-a-day in a single meal.

Wednesday, Sept. 11: “Fall and Winter Choices.”

Just because the garden’s played itself out, don’t think you can’t get your five-a-day. Learn how to make good seasonal choices in your diet.

Thursday, Sept. 12: “Nutrition on the Fly.”

Find how to get five-a-day, even if you live life in the fast lane.

And don’t miss the apple cart, with free fruit to give away on Tuesday, Sept. 10, and Friday, Sept. 13, all over the Vanderbilt and Medical Center campus.