Howard University Cancer Center will host the Rosemary Williams Breast Cancer Brunch Sunday, October 18, 2015, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Martin's Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive, Greenbelt, MD 20770. Click here for registration information.

Summer Fun Safety

African Americans may not be as careful with their sun safety habits as their white counterparts, believing that the melanin in their darker skin is protecting them from skin cancer. While skin cancer is less common in people with darker skin, people of color are at some risk for the disease. Unfortunately, African Americans are often diagnosed at an advanced stage, when there is less chance for a cure. Although the number of African Americans affected is small, it's important to know that proper caution may help you and your friends and family prevent the disease. Because no single step can fully protect you and your family from overexposure to UV radiation, follow as many of the following tips as possible:

  • Do Not Burn or Tan
  • Seek Shade
  • Wear Sun-Protective Clothing
  • Generously Apply Sunscreen
  • Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand
  • Get Vitamin D Safely

For more information on Sun Safety, visit the American Cancer Society


Upcoming Events


  • 14th: Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center, Family and Friends Day; 10:00 am 2:00 pm
  • 19th: “Men Take Ten” Prostate Screening, HUCC; 1:00 pm 3:00 pm
  • 20th: “MPD-Beat The Streets-DC” (MedStar Family Choice), 1230 Sumner Road, SE (Picnic area); School supplies Give-A-Way; 1:00 pm 7:00 pm
  • 26th: Prostate Cancer Presentation & Screening, Department of Transportation; 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590; 10:00 am 1:00 pm


  • 5th: “Mammoday, HUCC; 6:00 am 9:00 am
  • 12th: New Bethel Baptist Church Men’s Health Event/Fair; 10:00 am 2:00 pm
  • 12th: DMV Links 2015 Health Walk, Hains Point; 4:00 pm 7:00 pm
  • 16th: “Men Take Ten” Prostate Screening, HUCC; 1:00 pm 3:00 pm
  • 16th: “Walk 2 Win”; Check presentation to HU Cancer Center
  • 19th: “DC Goes Blue” Community Wellness Alliance; Raymond Rec Center, 3725 10th St., NW, Washington, DC; 10:00 am 2:00 pm (*Mobile Unit)


Are you age 40 – 64? 

Are you Uninsured or Underinsured (Medicare Part A)?

If you answered yes to both of these questions then you may be able to get a
Free Mammogram and Pap Test! 

 HUCC Offers a Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program for eligible women from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. 

For more information or to find out if you qualify,
(202) 865-4655. 

*Funded by DC Department of Health
Project WISH*


Leadership in Cancer Care & Research

The unique aspect of Howard University Cancer Center (HUCC) is our natural ability and strength to address cancer disparities with an emphasis on those cancers that disproportionately impact African-Americans, in particular. There are three overarching programmatic areas in the Cancer Center:
(1) cancer biology;
(2) cancer etiology; and
(3) cancer prevention, control, and population sciences;
whereby cancer disparities represent the underlying theme of the research focus... More »»

Speakers' Bureau

Howard University Cancer Center’s Speakers’ Bureau is a resource of oncology professionals available to speak to faith-based organizations, businesses, schools, community-based organizations, civic groups, social clubs and agencies to provide information on a variety of cancer-related topics.

To request a speaker please complete the Speakers’ Bureau request form. Please submit request at least 30 days in advance of the event date. For assistance, please call (202) 865-5399 or (202) 806-7697.

Faculty Publications
Vitamin E succinate induces ceramide-mediated apoptosis in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma in vitro and in vivo. Clin Cancer Res. 2008 Mar 15;14(6):1840-8. Gu X, Song X, Dong Y, Cai H, Walters E, Zhang R, Pang X, Xie T, Guo Y, Sridhar R, Califano JA. Department of Oral Diagnostic Service, College of Dentistry; Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Radiation Oncology, and Cancer Center,College of Medicine.
Vitamin E Succinate induces Ceramide-Mediated Apoptosis in head and neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma In vitro and In vivo. Clin Cancer Res. 14, No.6 (15 Mar 2008): 1840-8. Gu Xinbin, Song X, Dong Y, Cai Hui, Walters Eric, Zhang Renshu, Pang Xiaowu, Xie T, Guo Y, Sridhar Rajagopalan, Califano JA.
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