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NIH Record  
Vol. LXIII, No. 18
  September 2, 2011
DePinho Gives Aging, Cancer Talk on Sept. 14 in Masur
Former NIH Director Healy Dies at 67
Savor the Pioneer Award Symposium, Sept. 20-21
2011 Flu Vaccination Schedule Set
Rare Earthquake Rattles Bethesda Campus, Aug. 23
Japanese Ambassador Tours NCI Branch
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Health Advisor Mackay Tackles Tobacco Industry, Global Cancer Control

Dr. Judith Mackay discusses the future of cancer control.
Dr. Judith Mackay discusses the future of cancer control.
Identified as one of the “three most dangerous people in the world” by the tobacco industry, Dr. Judith Mackay spoke at NIH July 27 as part of NCI’s 12th annual Advances in Cancer Prevention Lecture Series. A senior advisor to the World Lung Foundation and the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, she spoke on “Cancer Control: A Look at the Future.”

Mackay (pronounced “mc-EYE”) described cancer as a “global epidemic,” emphasizing that the future global cancer burden will only increase, for all cancer types and across all regions. The World Health Organization predicts a substantial increase in cancer and cancer-related deaths worldwide by 2030.

As an anti-tobacco advocate, Mackay pointed out the perils of the tobacco epidemic and drew parallels to over all cancer control. “Tobacco has been a sophisticated political issue for a longer time than some of the other cancer risk factors, such as obesity, alcohol and unhealthy diets, where there is also a need to deal with…the sugar and alcohol industries,” she said. “We’ve learned for the last 40 to 50 years that we’re dealing with a very dangerous opposition in the form of the tobacco industry. It has forced us to become political.”

Fighting Stigma with Theater
Addiction Performance Project Brings Ailment to Life

Actress Debra Winger at NIH on Aug. 5
Actress Debra Winger at NIH on Aug. 5
Despite profound societal changes over the past century, the Addiction Performance Project demonstrates that society’s experience of addiction has stayed much the same. In its Aug. 5 appearance at NIH, this NIDA-supported continuing education project combined theater and discussion to educate health care providers about addiction. The goals of the APP are to remove the stigma of drug abuse, promote dialogue between patients and caregivers and engender compassion for patients with the disease.

Act III of acclaimed playwright Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night is the cornerstone of each appearance of the project, which has traveled around the country to professional meetings and medical schools.