Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Designer Carmen Marc Valvo Teams With UM/Sylvester In Honor Of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness

03.15.2005

Celebrity fashion designer Carmen Marc Valvo will join Laurence R. Sands, M.D., associate professor of surgery at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and others at a VIP Reception at The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, on Thursday, March 17, 7 to 9 p.m., in honor of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of U.S. cancer deaths for men and women combined. Every year, more than 150,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with the disease and nearly 60,000 die. More lives are lost to colorectal cancer than breast cancer and AIDS combined. The good news is that most of these deaths can be prevented using available screening tests and treatments for the disease — colorectal cancer is curable 90 percent of the time when detected early. That is why Carmen Marc Valvo is speaking out about his own experience with colon cancer.

Valvo is a quintessential American designer whose sumptuous creations have made him a favorite among Hollywood’s leading ladies, including Beyonce, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Claire Danes, and countless others. Carmen is also a recent survivor of colon cancer and as an ambassador for Katie Couric’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Foundation works to raise awareness of colorectal cancer.

The designer will be joined by Laurence R. Sands, M.D., associate professor of surgery at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Sands is a leader in the use of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for colon cancer and was one of three UM/Sylvester surgeons who contributed to a study of laparoscopic colorectal surgery published in the May 23, 2004, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Sands will be available for interviews about colon cancer treatment, awareness and prevention.

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month was founded by the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition, and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, in order to bring critical messages about colorectal cancer to the American people. The Foundation obtained resolutions from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, as well as proclamations from two White House administrations declaring March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

UM/Sylvester was founded in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. UM/Sylvester handles more than 1,300 inpatient admissions annually, performs 2,900 surgical procedures, and treats 3,000 new cancer patients. All UM/Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, UM/Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in more than 150 clinical trials and receive more than $30 million annually in research grants. UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach recently opened to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach Counties. This 10,000-square-foot facility at I-95 and S.W. 10th Street offers appointments with physicians from six cancer specialties, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events.

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