UNITY Symposium on precision cancer prevention

Date / Time

May 31, 2024

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Reggies Chicago


Attend the UNITY Symposium with UI Health, the American Cancer Society and Genentech to learn about precision cancer prevention and connect with other health professionals. The symposium will have three panel discussions followed by an extended networking and happy hour.

Register online.

Precision prevention and oncology approaches are critical to address multilevel drivers of cancer health disparities. Precision approaches personalize prevention, screening, treatment and survivorship care for patients based on biological vulnerabilities, behaviors and broader social determinants of health. According to Eboneé N. Butler, PhD and assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, and colleagues, holistic strategies are key to ensuring equitable outcomes in this new era of oncology and medicine, with a focus on:

  • What: removing structural biases that impede molecular, targeted approaches, given widespread underrepresentation in biorepositories and relatively limited translational research incorporating social determinants of health in identification of molecular mechanisms.
  • Who: identifying risk based on biological drivers and social determinants of health, given the largely exclusive focus on biological susceptibility, limiting the promise of current cancer prevention interventions.
  • How and where: ensuring equitable and inclusive delivery of risk-appropriate prevention and screening methods for enabling the capacity to be adherent among populations that are vulnerable to biological and social determinants of health risks.
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