Every day is ‘World Cancer Day’ for Anh Thy Nguyen

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February 4 is recognized around the globe as “World Cancer Day,” an observance that aims to promote the detection and treatment of cancer, as well as prevention and common myths.

For College of Public Health student Anh Thy Nguyen, every day is World Cancer Day.

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As an intern at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, his work includes supporting Dr. Anna Giuliano on her studies of the natural history of HPV.  Anh Thy says that his work in cancer research and prevention, and his future plans with HIV/AIDS, are motivated by his interest in infectious diseases. Further, he states that cancer is still a significant problem in many parts of the world and the more we understand its development, the more we can do to help prevent it.

In addition to honing his research skills in cancer prevention, Anh Thy is preparing to serve as a Peace Corps Master’s International volunteer in Togo. This program pairs the MPH degree with Peace Corps service, which for Anh Thy will focus on HIV/AIDS prevention.  At the completion of his master’s degree, he plans to earn a doctorate in infectious diseases and continue his work with cancer.

World Cancer Day was founded in 2006 by the Union for International Cancer Control. The Union’s long-term goal is to drastically reduce the devastating effects of this disease, as well as its death toll by the year 2020. However, its main objective for this year is “to focus on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Reduce stigma and dispel myths about cancer.”

The official observance of World Cancer Day has passed, but there are other opportunities to support programs and institutions aimed at eradicating and curing cancer.   To learn more about World Cancer Day and volunteer opportunities with H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute visit

http://www.worldcancerday.org or http://moffitt.org/meet-our-team/volunteers, respectively.

Epidemiology student Anh Thy Nguyen is earning a master of science degree in public health from the University of South Florida. The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is his academic home. The department offers concentrations that lead to MPH, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD degrees, as well several dual degrees, graduate certificates, and special programs. Most recently, the department added an online master of public health degree in epidemiology to its academic offerings.

Story by Victoria Danforth, USF College of Public Health.



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