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Understanding Racial Disparity in Cancer Frequency and Treatment

Understanding Racial Disparity in Cancer Frequency and Treatment

Researcher and Surgeon Dr. Harvey Bumpers to Speak


MACON, GA (February 23, 2011) – “Separate is Inherently Unequal: Racial Disparity in Cancer Frequency and Treatment” is the topic of a Macon Surgical Society lecture on Wednesday at the Tubman Museum, 340 Walnut St., by Dr. Harvey Bumpers, professor of surgery at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. This 6 p.m. event is not open to the public, however, the media is invited to attend.


Dr. Bumpers' speaking objectives include learning the extent of racial disparity in cancer frequency and mortality, and recognizing what accounts for many of these racial differences regarding malignancies. He'll also discuss how the social environment, education and economics play a role in cancer disparity. Clinical discussion will include the significance of disparity regarding malignancies, understanding the scientific principles relating to racial differences in cancer and how cancer genetics may differ between races.   


Dr. Bumpers' lecture is co-sponsored by The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Health Resource Center at Peyton Anderson Health Education Center in MCCG, Mercer University School of Medicine, Tubman Museum and the National Library of Medicine.


He has published extensively in his areas of expertise in breast and colon cancer. He has two federal grants supporting his basic and clinical research from the Defense Department and the National Institutes of Health. He has been particularly active in the Atlanta community educating the population at large about cancer prevention and treatment.


Dr. Bumpers attended the University Rochester School of Medicine and completed residency training at the State University of New York at Stonybrook. His surgical oncology training was with Eddie Hoover, M.D., at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. He is a faculty member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He is a member of all the major surgical oncology groups, including the Association for Academic Surgery, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is active with the Society of Black Academic Surgeons and the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association.