Despite the widespread impact of cancer, "The Emperor of All Maladies," most people have little more than a basic idea of the workings of cancer. Did you know that cancer affects one in two men and one in three women in the United States? Or, that cases of skin cancer due to indoor tanning exceed cases of lung cancer due to smoking? Want to learn why taller women are more likely to get cancer? It’s about time that everyone knows a little something about cancer. If you are fascinated by this disease and want to learn the science behind it, enroll in Cancer 101!
This course aims to present students with a broad scientific overview of human cancer. The material includes an introduction to various common types of cancer, some of the complex causes of tumorigenesis, and a few current therapies and prevention methods available to cancer patients. The first half of the class will be spent lecturing about the biological aspects of Cancer while the second half will be dedicated to discussions about current developments and controversial issues on topics relevant to the lecture. Regular classes will also occasionally be interspersed with guest presentations by researchers specific to certain areas in the field of cancer.
For Fall 2020, the course will be asynchronous with no mandatory attendance policy!