New York State: Transforming the Cancer Agenda for the Next Generation

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Andrew Hyland, PhD, Chair of the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (Roswell Park) is a featured speaker at the New York State Cancer Prevention Summit, Wednesday, May 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in New York City. The Summit will bring together national experts in medicine, public health, scientific research and public policy to explore ways to save lives and reduce the overall burden of cancer.

Dr. Hyland will offer information and insights in tobacco use prevention during the discussion session: Cancer Prevention in Action: Using Policy to Support Cancer Prevention. Substantial progress has been made to decrease tobacco use since the first U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on smoking. Yet tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable deaths in New York State. Dr. Hyland calls upon the health care community to renew its commitment to tobacco control.

Dr. Hyland says, “Think of the countless lives we can save, the diseases we can prevent and New York state residents who will enjoy longer healthier lives.”

Dr. Andrew Hyland has more than 20 years of experience in the field of tobacco control. He has conducted numerous funded studies, has published nearly 200 papers on the subject and is widely recognized for his expertise in field of tobacco control. Dr. Hyland serves on numerous advisory committees for national and international agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). He is the Deputy Editor for the scientific journal Tobacco Control, the world's leading tobacco-focused journal.

As the Chair of the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Hyland directs the smokers’ quitlines for New York and New Jersey and Roswell Park’s Survey Research and Data Acquisition Resource. Dr. Hyland’s research program is focused on providing an evidence base to inform population-based tobacco regulations that serve to reduce the disease burden caused by tobacco.

Media Contact: 

Deborah Pettibone, Public Information Specialist
716-845-4919; deborah.pettibone@roswellpark.org