Cancer seminar Friday focuses on diet

By: Staff report

LUMBERTON — A Cancer Conversations webinar has been scheduled for Friday at Southeastern Health’s Community Health Education Center.

The webinar’s topic will be Eating Well: Nutrition and Cancer Prevention and will take place noon to 1 p.m. at the center in Biggs Park Mall. Registration is recommended and can be made by calling CHEC at 910-671-9393.

The interactive webinar is a service of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and will feature the center’s oncology dietitian, Jennifer Spring.

Physician Assistant Catherine Gaines, team lead for Southeastern Health’s Patient Navigation Program, said she is excited for the opportunity to work with UNC Lineberger, which offers resources that can be brought into Robeson County thanks to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the support of the University Cancer Research Fund.

“One of the key goals for cancer navigation is to improve access to care, and increase cancer screening rates,” Gaines said. “This is an opportunity to broadcast much needed health information and improve health literacy in our county in collaboration with two large university medical centers. We are thrilled to be a part of it.”

Jean Sellers is the administrative clinical director for UNC Lineberger’s UNC Cancer Network. She consults with cancer centers and hospitals across North Carolina to find cost-effective opportunities to enhance care, like offering free webinars.

“Approximately three out of 10 cancers diagnosed in the United States can be prevented through a combination of diet, exercise and maintaining a healthy weight,” Sellers said. “This webinar is for people who are worried about their risk of getting cancer or trying to stay well after treatment. People will find answers they need in language that is easy to understand.”


Staff report