Cancer Lecture for Hispanics Presented by 21st Century Oncology

Lecture on breast cancer and prostate cancer to be given entirely in Spanish.

Fort Myers, FL, May 07, 2011 --( 21st Century Oncology presents a Spanish language lecture and health fair on cancer in its “Insights into Cancer” series.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death among Hispanics, accounting for 20% of deaths overall and 13% of deaths in children, according to statistics from the American Cancer Society. To raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening and provide information about the newest treatment and technology, 21st Century Oncology will hold a lecture and health fair about cancer in Spanish on May 26th at 3:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn near I-75 and Alico Road. The address is 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive, Fort Myers, Florida 33913.

The seminar will focus on breast cancer and prostate cancer, the two most prevalent cancers after skin cancer and will be led by Daniel Dosoretz, M.D. and Amy Fox, M.D.

In general, Hispanics have a higher incidence of cancer and are less likely to get recommended screenings. For example, about 59% of Hispanic women aged 40 and older had a mammogram within the past two years, compared to 68% of non-Hispanic whites. About 30% of Hispanic men aged 50 and older had a PSA test to monitor prostate health within the past year, compared to 43% of non-Hispanic whites.

“Regular screening can greatly improve the chances of a cure for some types of cancer by detecting it at an early stage when treatment is most effective,” said Amy Fox, M.D., a radiation oncologist with 21st Century Oncology and one of the event speakers. “We consider it a top priority for 21st Century Oncology to bring this important information to the Hispanic community.”

Topics will include technological advancements, new diagnostics for breast cancer, options to reduce side effects of prostate cancer and an “Ask the Doctors” question and answer period. Both Dr. Dosoretz and Dr. Fox speak fluent Spanish.

The seminar is free to attend and open to the public. However, seating is limited and reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call 1-800-NEW-HELP.

Dr. Daniel Dosoretz is world-renowned for his expertise in radiation therapy. He was a top graduate of the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine and completed his residency in radiation oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He co-founded 21st Century Oncology and currently serves as the president and CEO. Because of his busy clinical and administrative schedule, this seminar is a rare opportunity to attend a lecture presented by Dr. Dosoretz for the general public.

Dr. Amy Fox is actively involved in multiple areas of clinical and basic science research. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her residency in radiation oncology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fox has received awards for high academic standing, medical research and excellence.

About 21st Century Oncology
Headquartered in Fort Myers, 21st Century Oncology, Inc. is a leading developer and operator of radiation therapy centers in the U.S. For 30 years, 21st Century Oncology has been committed to providing premier, quality, cost-effective radiation therapy services that are responsive to the needs of its patients through continuous improvement and innovation. The company operates in 16 states and has more than 20 offices in Southwest Florida.

For further information, contact:
Mary Briggs, APR, CPRC
Public relations counsel
239-278-3900 or cell 239-851-0136

21st Century Oncology
Mary Briggs