Editorial: UAB Cancer Center

The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Thursday, October 1, 2009.

Did you know that cancer, in its many forms, continues to affect the lives of millions of Americans.  Of course you did, because almost all of us, thru family or friends, have been traumatized by this awful disease. Did you know that the medical community has been key to much of the grow and prosperity in Birmingham?  Sure.

You can't go anywhere in the Birmingham metro and not see very large medical university buildings or hospitals...medical-related signs and logos everywhere. In fact, from our vantage point up here on Red Mountain, looking out over the city of Birmingham, we see the vast UAB campus and ask the question,  "What are they doing down there"?

The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, providing advanced cancer care, research and education, serves a five state region.   Dr Ed Partridge, the Cancer Center's director, has devoted much of his career to improving the health of minority and underserved populations.  His efforts helped gain Alabama's participation in the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, which allows women diagnosed with an abnormal mammogram to receive treatment regardless of financial means.

Thru the Center's programs focusing on training and educational outreach, breast cancer screening rates have significantly improved in less affluent, underserved areas of the South. We have extraordinary medical resources in our city and in our region...ground-breaking research is being done to fight cancer by medical professionals, who are committed to serving ALL of us.

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