Lung Cancer Surveillance Education & Recruitment

Breath of Life LogoLung Cancer Surveillance Education & Recruitment is designed to impact the development of intervention strategies, screening tools and treatment protocols inclusive of and appropriate for members of racial groups to reduce overall lung cancer morbidity and mortality.

Breath of Life

The Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research routinely foster collaborations with local agencies and organizations to develop programs that reach specific groups of people with information about cancer prevention, early detection and screening. Differences in health, health care or general well-being are often seen among minorities and the medically under-served. One example is lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

To address this problem, experts from Roswell Park, along with stakeholders from the community, joined together to offer “Breath of Life” presentations throughout the WNY community. “People of color are dying needlessly due to a lack of education and information about cancer in general”, said Mr. Rudolphus Boans, a local community activist who resides at the Frederick Douglass Towers in Buffalo. He, along with Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Residential Services Aide, Robert De Bereaux, helped to coordinate a presentation for over 50 Douglass Towers residents which featured Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s renowned lung cancer expert Dr. Mary Reid. “We must work together to let people know they don’t have to be afraid to find out if they are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with a disease like lung cancer. They will then be able to do something about it before it’s too late,” Mr. Boans exclaimed.

If you would like an expert from Roswell Park to conduct a “Breath of Life” lung cancer awareness presentation for your organization, contact Nikia Clark at (716) 845-4888, or at