Hospital schedules summit to promote health among black men
Integris Men's Health University will hold its annual African American Men's Health Summit from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 23 at the Langston University Oklahoma City Campus at 4205 N Lincoln Blvd.
Free men's health screenings will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, including screenings for colon, skin and oral cancer along with screenings for glucose, cholesterol, stroke and blood pressure. Among the cancer screenings available, participants will need to make appointments for the skin and oral screenings.
Other activities include health and wellness information and resources, giveaways and door prizes. Reservations can be made through the Integris HealthLine at 951-2277.
Gene may help fight colon cancer
Researchers at the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center say a certain protein is a likely key in efforts to conquer colon cancer.
The protein is called shugoshin-1, or Sgo1, and it is found naturally in human organisms and other organisms. "shugoshin" means "guardian god" in Japanese, according to a news release.
The protein is called “shugoshin” because it protects another protein, cohesin. Cancer center researcher Hiroshi Yamada said COHESIN Plays a role in normal cell division.
Because Sgo1 protects cohesin, researchers theorized that it also is a key player in preventing tumor formation. In their work, cancer center researcher Hiroshi Yamada and his colleagues showed that when Sgo1 is deficient in laboratory models, normal cell division is disrupted, setting off a cancerous chain of events.
The findings may point to a way to use Sgo1 as a marker to monitor colon cancer risk.
Gay patients get cancer index
The National LGBT Cancer Network, a program that addresses the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with cancer and those at risk, has expanded its directory of LGBT-friendly cancer screening facilities to cover 330 additional facilities.
A previous New York State grant had limited the directory to the five boroughs of New York City, but the directory was first expanded to thirteen additional states and the District of Columbia in November 2011.
There are 12 Oklahoma facilities in the directory, including Planned Parenthood clinics in the Oklahoma City metro area.
FROM STAFF REPORTS