EL CENTRO – The Cancer Resource Center for the Desert and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society are hosting the inaugural Bi-National Blood Cancer Symposium from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 6 at Imperial Valley College in the Health Sciences building, room 2774.
In Imperial County, 70 adults will be diagnosed with a blood cancer this year, according to estimates by the California Cancer Registry.
The free event is open to the general public and will feature discussions by various medical experts fromÂ both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, providing invaluable information for those affected by blood cancersÂ like leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
â€œWhile we are separated nationally and linguistically, the Imperial and Mexicali Valleys are, in reality, one geographical valley.â€ said CRCD CEO Diana Peacher. â€œWe share the same air, water, and topography. We wondered if there are similar blood cancer statistics on the Mexican side of the US/Mexico border and if the same treatment options are available there. The Bi-National Blood Cancer Symposium will answer those questions. Our hope is that it will raise more questions giving researchers an opportunity to consider further investigations.â€
The CRCD and LLS want to inform the community about who are statistically more vulnerable to theÂ disease, the importance of preventative medicine and screenings, and what treatment options areÂ available.
Topics will include changes in the health status of the Valley; statistical data regarding blood cancers inÂ the Valley as compared to the rest of the state; symptomology and diagnoses; use of local and regionalÂ treatment resources; bone marrow transplants; blood cancer statistics and treatment options in Mexicali;Â and the role of diet in cancer prevention.
Presentations will be in both English and Spanish with translation services available. A tentative scheduleÂ includes welcoming remarks at 10 a.m., speakers between 10:10 a.m. and 11:20 a.m., a question andÂ answer session at 11:35 a.m. and concluding remarks at noon.