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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals are at greater risk for some cancers and less likely to access necessary and appropriate diagnostic and treatment resources. These presentations help to put a personal face on cancer in our communities, confront our unique obstacles to care, look at the promising science emerging to prevent some cancers, and explore what strategic steps are needed to move forward in this fight.

Co-sponsors making this event possible included: the American Cancer Society, California Division, the California Breast Cancer Research Program, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, the Lesbian Health & Research Center, the Mount Zion Health Fund, the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UCSF Department of Urology, and the Women’s Cancer Resource Center.

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Please Note: Posted below are PowerPoint presenations (in pdf format) and audio recordings (in mp3 format) from the Cancer in Our Lives conference. Right-click to save files to your hard drive or left-click to play or view them within your browser.

Friday, October 13, 2006
Health Professionals Focus on Cancer
Part of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s
24th Annual Conference

Welcome, Appreciations, and “Cancer Symposium” Introduction
Presenters: David Veneziano, CEO, American Cancer Society, CA Division, and J. Michael Berry, MD
Plenary Panel: Putting a Face on Cancer in the LGBTQI Community
Moderator: J. Michael Berry, MD
LGBTQI cancer survivor representatives
Four cancer survivors and members of the LGBTQI community share their personal stories of cancer. Dr. Michael Berry provides a corresponding brief overview of the state of knowledge regarding the particular cancer and risk and screening as it relates to the LGBTQI community. The goal is to put a human face on cancer as it occurs in our community, emphasizing the need for further LGBTQI specific research into risk factors unique to the LGBTQI community and how cancer impacts our community, setting the stage for more in-depth discussion to follow in the afternoon sessions.
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Plenary Panel: Hope for the Future – A Vaccine to Prevent Cervical Cancer
Presenter: Stephen Goldstone, MD (substituting for Eliav Barr, MD)
Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world. Manifestations range from genital warts to pre-cancerous lesions of the cervix and anus to cervical and anal cancer. Dr. Eliav Barr will discuss the Phase 3 trials of Gardasil, a preventative vaccine against HPV 6, 11, 16, and 18, four HPV types that cause the majority of HPV-related disease worldwide. The vaccine was highly effective in preventing high-grade cervical pre-cancer and non invasive cervical cancer caused by HPV 16 and HPV 18, as well as genital warts caused by HPV 6 and HPV 11. The vaccine is currently being evaluated as a preventative for penile HPV infection in young heterosexual men, and because of Dr. Barr's advocacy, a trial evaluating the efficacy of the vaccine in preventing anal and penile infection in young gay men is underway. On June 8, 2006, the FDA approved Gardasil for use in girls and women aged 9 to 26 years for prevention of cervical cancer, pre-cancerous lesions, and genital warts caused by vaccine HPV types. This vaccine holds great hope for the future for both men and women.
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Plenary Panel: HIV-Related Cancers, Anal Cancer, and Cancers Affecting Lesbians, Bisexual Women
Moderator: David M. Latini, PhD
This session provides an overview to clinicians and researchers of HIV-related cancers regardless of gender, anal cancer, and cancers affecting lesbians and bisexual women. 
HIV-Related Cancers
Presenter: Vinona Bhatia, MD
Breast Cancer & Lesbian and Bisexual Women
Presenter: Ulrike Boehmer, PhD
Gynecologic Cancers in Lesbian and Bisexual Women
Presenter: Suzanne L. Dibble, DNSc, RN (substituting for Katherine A. O’Hanlan, MD)
Anal Cancer Screening & Treatment
J. Michael Berry, MD and Stephen E. Goldstone, MD

Plenary Panel: Cancers Affecting Intersex and Trans Folks, Prostate Cancer in Gay Men, and “Cancer Symposium Summary”

Moderator: David M. Latini, PhD
This session provides an overview to clinicians and researchers of cancers primarily affecting the intersex and trans communities, and prostate cancer. The last speaker provides an overview and sums up what was learned and how participants can move forward to alleviate the burden of cancer in the LGBTQI communities. 
Prostate Cancer and Gay Men
Presenter: Mark S. Litwin, MD, MPH
Cancer and Intersex People
Presenter: Katherine Baratz
Cancer and Trans Individuals
Presenter: Milton Diamond, PhD
Summary/Overview and Next Steps
Presenter: Ronit Elk, PhD


For more information about this event contact Jim Shattuck at the American Cancer Society, San Francisco office at jim.shattuck@cancer.org.

Special thanks to Joey Muller at Icehouse Recording for his quality mp3 recordings.

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