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Otis Brawley visits China to educate and learn

Otis Brawley, MD, American Cancer Society chief medical officer, has been in China, primarily to speak at the 10th Eco Forum Global Annual Conference in Guiyang, capital city of southwest China's Guizhou Province. The Honorable Jie He, MD, PhD, director of the Chinese National Cancer Center and a member of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, invited Otis and several other members of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine to attend the conference.

The Eco Forum is an annual meeting sponsored by the Chinese government and a number of companies. It is part of the effort to control pollution and support the environment. There were more than 4,000 attendees. Otis delivered several talks on cancer trends in the U.S. and globally, and on the causes and prevention of cancer.

While there, he spent two days visiting three medical schools. One of them was Zunyi Medical University in Zunyi, Guizhou Province. Over the past few years, Otis has collaborated with the faculty of Zunyi by reviewing some projects.  As a thank you, the president of the University awarded him the title “Honorary Professor of Oncology.” Otis also met with the director of the National Cancer Institute of China.

"I was invited as a member of the National Academy of Medicine and for my expertise in cancer control, but I get real value, as well," Otis said. For instance, he said he "learned about clinical trials on cancer screening and prevention underway in China that will ultimately impact cancer control in the United States."

PHOTOS: The top photo shows Otis speaking at the Eco Forum. In the smaller image, he is having an open discussion with fellows and residents of the Zunyi Medical University.

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