Message from the Director: Making the Most of Every Opportunity

By B. Mark Evers, MD, UK Markey Cancer Center Director 

Mark Evers, MD

Initiatives like the $1 billion National Cancer Moonshot are important because they showcase the importance of research and emphasize the need for collaboration. The prevention, treatment and cure for cancer will not be discovered by a single researcher or a single clinical trial. It will not come as the result of funding by a single agency or a single donor. It will require the dedicated, on-going efforts of everyone who researches, prevents, treats has been impacted by the disease, all working together for a common goal.

Here at Markey, we are committed to a single goal. It is our mission, to reduce cancer mortality in our state and region through a comprehensive program of cancer research, treatment, education, and community engagement with a particular focus on the underserved population of Appalachian Kentucky. Our research programs span the entire spectrum of cancer epidemiology and etiology, molecular expression and regulation, cancer prevention, early detection and treatment.

Every day, our researchers are making advances in the understanding of the disease. Whether it is publishing study results that show the possibility of creating a three-dimensional model system to investigate how breast cancer cells invade lung tissue; being awarded a grant to investigate how communication networks influence Appalachians’ lung cancer screening behaviors; or serving as the lead in a national network seeking to eliminate tobacco-related health disparities in underserved or high-risk populations, the Markey community is at the front of cancer research.

As you hear more about initiatives like the Moonshot, I invite you to learn about the work we are doing at Markey. As Kentucky’s only NCI-designated cancer center, we intend to make the most of every opportunity before us in our fight against cancer

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