In our efforts to prevent the disease we engage in a number of activities
both on campus and in the community. One important aspect of cancer
prevention that concerns CSAC is that of tobacco use. In the United
States, at least one-third of all cancer deaths and one-fifth of deaths
overall are attributable to tobacco use each year. CSAC members are
collaborating with the Student Tobacco Education Program admininstered
through the Student Wellness Program at Wardenburg Health Center to
address this issue on campus. In addition, members are involved in
the community with the Alliance of Boulder County on Tobacco and Health
and a high school program entitled Get R!EAL (Resist! Expose Advertising
Lies). Get R!EAL empowers youth to educate their peers on the advertising
tactics of Big Tobacco and the dangers of tobacco use. CSAC is continually
seeking ways to expand its role in the tobacco control community.
Preventing cancer through tobacco control is only one aspect of CSAC's
Outreach program. Additional cancer awareness campaigns focusing on
breast, testicular, skin, and other cancers will coincide with national
awareness weeks. CSAC compiles a growing body of literature on cancer
causes, awareness, and prevention methods for our members and the
general public as a whole. Future CSAC projects may address the relationship
between cancer and nutrition and/or other aspects of cancer prevention.
Not only do we feel that it is critical to educate the community,
we also feel it necessary to educate our members. CSAC, therefore,
seeks out cancer- related internship
opportunities and conferences
for our members. Most internships are in the fields of molecular biology
research, but we hope to diversify as our database grows. Internships
are both In-state and nationally located and provide opportunities
for a wide range of research interests.
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