Message from the Director: Making the Most of Every Opportunity
By B. Mark Evers, MD, UK Markey Cancer Center Director
Community outreach efforts at Markey are important for many
different reasons. It is vital that we educate people, young and old, about
cancer and increase awareness. It is important that Kentuckians know not only
how we can help treat cancer, but how they themselves can help prevent the
disease to begin with. In many ways, outreach works through word-of-mouth, and
that requires a lot of hard work. But with our programs in place, we continue
to deliver that hard work to increase cancer awareness and decrease the cancer
rates throughout the Bluegrass.
After all, we are committed to a single goal here at Markey.
Our mission is to reduce cancer mortality in our state and region. Our research
programs span the entire spectrum of cancer epidemiology and etiology,
molecular expression and regulation, cancer prevention, early detection and
treatment. We continue to advance our treatment techniques and venture into new
territory through clinical trials. But the work continues outside the walls of
our Markey community here on campus.
Every day we make progress here on campus, and every day we
hope to touch lives outside our community as well. Our community outreach is a
strong tool for educating those who have not visited us yet. While our events,
presentations and more help to spread the word to large audiences, our own
small efforts day in and day out can also add up to major differences.
So as you hear more about our community outreach efforts,
please think of what small differences you can make. Whether it is talking with
a family member or friend about cancer, volunteering for an education project,
or any ideas you may present yourself, all of these things add up to a huge
impact. I invite you to remember that every little bit of effort counts in our
fight against cancer.