Genetics and Environment: Who is Most at Risk for Cancer?

Newswise — ORLANDO, Fla. — As cancer continues to affect one in two men and one in three women, researchers are increasing their knowledge on the known risk factors for cancer both environmentally and genetically.

At the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011, which will be held here April 2-6, AACR President-elect Judy Garber, M.D., director of the center for cancer genetics and prevention at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will host a press conference on cancer risk factors and genetics that will feature the following research:

• BRCA2 Mutations Associated with Improved Survival for Ovarian Cancer • AIDS Associated With an Increased Risk of Some Stomach, Esophageal Cancers• Bad Mix: Heavy Beer Drinking and a Gene Variant Increases Gastric Cancer Risk• Study Confirms Genetic Differences in Breast Tissue Among Races

The press conference will take place on Monday, April 4 at 11:00 a.m. ET in room W313 of the Orange County Convention Center. Reporters who cannot attend in person can participate using the following information:

• U.S. & Canada: (888) 647-7462• International: (201) 604-0169• Access Code: 244091

Garber is currently president-elect of the American Association for Cancer Research and will become president at 12:30 p.m. ET on Monday, April 4.

Press registration for the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011 is free to qualified journalists and public information officers:

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The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1907, the AACR is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. The membership includes 33,000 basic, translational and clinical researchers; health care professionals; and cancer survivors and advocates in the United States and more than 90 other countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise from the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer through high-quality scientific and educational programs. It funds innovative, meritorious research grants, research fellowships and career development awards. The AACR Annual Meeting attracts more than 18,000 participants who share the latest discoveries and developments in the field. Special conferences throughout the year present novel data across a wide variety of topics in cancer research, treatment and patient care. Including Cancer Discovery, the AACR publishes seven major peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; and Cancer Prevention Research. AACR journals represented 20 percent of the market share of total citations in 2009. The AACR also publishes CR, a magazine for cancer survivors and their families, patient advocates, physicians and scientists.

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