Approximately 120 High School students were introduced to prospective careers in biomedicine and cancer research on Feb. 18 at the second annual Learn about Cancer Day. Co-sponsored by the University of Colorado Cancer Center and the Colorado BioScience Association, students from the Aurora Lights program, Rock Canyon High School, Overland High School, Eagle Crest High School and Smoky Hill High School heard lectures on multiple aspects of cancer and visit research labs on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Students interacted with cancer specialists including Jill Penafiel, a brain tumor survivor who has worked at the University of Colorado Cancer Center for nearly four years. Her daughter, a senior at Smoky Hill, attended the event at Research Complex 2.
Students were welcomed by Marileila Varella Garcia, PhD, and introduced to the program. They were instructed on topics such as:
Understanding cancer biology and treatments with Stephen Leong, MD
Breast cancer: A lesson from other species with Britta Jacobsen, PhD.
Is tanning a bad idea? With Bill Robinson, MD
Surviving prostate cancer with Al Barqawi MD, and survivors Craig Becker and Scott Sharp
Students were treated to lunch and educational games. They also took lab tours around the facilities.
Photo: Students check out cancer treatment equipment during the lab tours.