WVU cancer prevention expert attends premiere LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit in Ireland

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Jim Keresztury, an assistant director in cancer prevention and control at the West Virginia University Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, will represent the Cancer Center and the WVU Division of Social Work at the premiere LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland, August 24 through 26.  The Summit is the landmark event of the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign, an effort of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) to address the global cancer burden.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for our cancer center as well as for West Virginia to be part of this historic event,” Keresztury said.  “I’m especially looking forward to meeting leaders from around the world who share the MBR Cancer Center’s commitment to reduce the cancer burden.”

Jim Keresztury

As a participant Keresztury will meet with Lance Armstrong and his foundation’s staff as well as engage with world media, political leaders, representatives of nongovernmental organizations and corporate leadership.  More than 200 organizations and individuals making extraordinary global commitments are being invited to attend the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit, which will be held immediately following Armstrong’s participation in the Tour de Ireland.  A cancer survivor and champion cyclist, Armstrong decided to return to professional cycling because of his desire to raise awareness of the global cancer burden.

Cancer kills more people every year than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined and is expected to be the leading cause of death worldwide by 2010.

“Cancer is a major public health problem that affects every country in every region of the world regardless of economic and social situation,” Armstrong said.  “Through collective action, we will make a renewed commitment to reducing the burden of cancer around the world and break down the stigma and silence too often associated with the disease.”

Keresztury will represent WVU’s commitment to fight cancer in West Virginia and throughout the world.  His global focus is in Vietnam and Cambodia where he will conduct a series of educational workshops for social workers on cancer awareness to be offered at An Giang University in the Mekong Delta in collaboration with the WVU Division of Social Work, where he is an adjunct professor. 

According to Keresztury, “The field of cancer care in Vietnam and Cambodia is in transition.  Social workers have the potential to play a significant role, but the discipline is just starting to be recognized as a valued component of healthcare.”

He believes the global conference will benefit his work both at home and abroad.  “I anticipate that WVU will create new partnerships at the Summit that will lead to innovative global solutions to cancer care that could be replicated in communities throughout our state,” Keresztury said. 

“Our participation in the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit is a validation of the important work we do at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center,” said Scot C. Remick, M.D., director of the Cancer Center.  “Reducing the cancer burden in West Virginia will always remain our top priority.  But as a part of the global community we must be actively engaged in international efforts that will ultimately benefit our citizens as well as those living in other parts of the world.”

For more information on the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign and the Summit, see www.LIVESTRONG.org.

For information on the MBR Cancer Center at WVU see www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/.




For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
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