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Kimelman Institute Offers Seminars on Cervical Cancer

Jan. 12, 2008 – The Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute invites the public to attend a free seminar on cervical cancer as part of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. The seminar will be given twice, the first at noon and the second at 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Benjamin Medical Auditorium. The Director of Radiation Oncology at CKCI, Dr. Shirnett Williamson, will conduct the sessions.
Approximately 4 percent of cancer patients seen at the Schneider Regional Medical Center are diagnosed with cervical cancer, primarily caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is spread sexually. The incidence of the disease is increasing, which experts attribute to the higher number of women engaging in sexual activity early in life. The increase is noted among women of Latin and African ancestry mostly, particularly in economically depressed regions. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 11,500 new cases will be detected in the United States this year. The cervical PAP test is recommended for the most accurate early detection.
Dr. Williamson, who has her medical degree from Howard University, has treated many women with cervical cancer. Following her internship and residency, Dr. Williamson joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine.
“Cervical cancer can be prevented just as it can be treated,” Williamson said. “Women can be armed with the knowledge they need to possibly save their lives if only we can reach them before high risk sexual activity begins. These seminars are one way of trying to do that, which is why we hope they will be well attended.”
For more information, contact Sam Topp at 776-8311, ext. 2315.

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