There is something about being a firefighter in Florida that places these first responders at higher risk for developing skin cancer. It could be workplace exposure to firefighting chemicals, increased UV exposure when they respond to an emergency during daylight hours, a combination of the two and/or other occupational factors.
As part of the Florida Firefighter Cancer Initiative, experts at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the University of Miami Health System and the Miller School of Medicine, examined survey responses from 2,399 firefighters statewide about cancer and prevention practices. Results revealed 109 cases of skin cancer, affecting 4.5 percent of respondents overall. A total of 17 firefighters had melanoma, 84 had other skin cancers, and 18 had an unknown type of skin cancer. The findings were published as a Research Letter online December 13 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Dermatology.
The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity founded by ESPN and Jim Valvano, has announced a collaboration with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the Miami Dolphins, and ESPN to support important cancer research.
A team of researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has obtained promising results with patients who have acute myeloid leukemia that has not responded well to prior standard treatments. Acute myeloid leukemia is a blood cancer characterized by rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells most commonly found in older patients.
Camillo Ricordi, M.D., director of the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions.
Thirty years ago, Marlene Berg founded Cancer Link with a small group of women to increase awareness of breast cancer and raise funds for research. Since then, the all-volunteer nonprofit has raised nearly $3 million to support Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “We are all grateful for the great care provided by Sylvester’s medical team," said Berg.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine students and faculty presented medical education initiatives and innovations at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Learn Serve Lead 2017annual Meeting in Boston. The Miller School team presented 12 posters about projects spanning a wide spectrum of areas of interest from classroom peer-teaching to research initiatives in community-based health care.