October 25, 2006
Cancer Forum Coming to Bridgehampton
"Cancer is Curable."
That's the message being delivered by Doctor Martin S. Karpeh, the director of the Stony Brook University Hospital Cancer Center.
Dr. Karpeh will be the featured speaker at the CancerCare-sponsored "Conversations About Cancer" on November 4 at Bridgehampton High School.
The idea, he said, is to "raise awareness" about cancer. "The primary focus will be to walk patients through the process," Karpeh said.
The biggest problem he confronts, especially in poor and minority areas, is the failure of victims to have the cancer diagnosed early. "The unknown is fear," Karpeh said. "People don't want to go through the process. They think `I feel healthy.'"
The problem is confounded by the fact that many people can't afford health insurance.
"There are aspects of the system that are very frustrating. The issue is access — getting to a doctor and getting insurance. Our emergency rooms are filled with uninsured patients."
Many cancers can be caught in the earliest stages, for example for most kinds of breast cancers and prostrate cancer. But some cancers are more difficult to diagnose than others.
As a general rule, Karpeh said, keeping your weight down and eating healthy foods cuts down the risk of cancer.
"We see more in overweight people, and there is evidence reduced fruits and vegetables hurts you."
The November 4 event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be served and free transportation is available from Riverhead. This event is free and the public is urged to attend. Call (516) 348-3630 for more information.