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MARYMOUNT STUDENT TO HOLD CANCER PREVENTION SEMINAR

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MONTREAL, APRIL 11, 2011Abi Uthamacumaran, a Grade 11 student at Marymount Academy in NDG who doubles as an internationally recognized scientist, is set to welcome the public to his school  (5100 Cote St. Luc Road) on April 20  (7 p.m.) for an evening where he will discuss his stunning research into cancer prevention.

The Cancer Prevention Symposium is intended for individuals to acquire the knowledge to prevent cancer development in their families, with the ultimate goal being the increase in awareness of various types of cancer formations and how to avoid its negative consequences in the future. Moreover, Uthamacumaran hopes that his efforts could motivate other young minds to enter the science arena and help make a positive impact in their community as well.

Uthamacumaran, an award winning scientist, has conducted three years of research which has demonstrated new correlations between naturally occurring proteins, food types and lifestyle changes that could reduce the probability of cancer occurring in the human anatomy.

“The intake of calcium based products such as milk helps fight colorectal cancer,” he said. “Another example is the fact that radio waves can deconstruct skin cancers. Shocking discoveries and ground-breaking information will be unveiled by attending the conference.”

“Cancers can be genetically inherited or they could be caused by mutations (errors in the genetic profile/DNA),” he added. “Such forms of mutations are often caused by global mediators that coexist with daily human activity such as pollution, exposure to radiation, improper diets, lack of physical engagement, the usage of poor quality products, the presence of biological contaminants in the living environment, viral or bacterial infections and other complex risk factors. The conference will strongly educate the community on special methods whereby the incidence rates of cancer can be diminished in their lifetime or help induce the survival rate of cancer patients.”

Uthamacumaran also plans to address the corruptions in modern medical systems such as the lack of preventative medicine and minimal approaches towards regenerative/alternative medical treatments.

“In depth analysis of political and economic influences on the instability of our medical system, bio-ethical dilemmas in drug prescriptions, drug development and vaccinations, the psychological motives behind avoiding natural therapies and the mistakes we all make in monitoring our health will be presented at the conference as well,” said Uthamacumaran. “Most doctors prescribe a CT scan or eye-examination for Uveal melanoma (eye cancer) patients. However, the first test that must be performed is a liver function test. Thus, a poor interpretation of the biological systems affected by the disease and improper treatment methods often lead to the further growth of the cancers in patients.”

Along with his findings, Uthamacumaran will share his ongoing research towards creating a potential drug solution that could intervene in cancer development by altering the membrane proteins will be shared as well.

Abicumaran Uthamacumaran is one of Marymount Academy’s most celebrated students. From a very young age, Abi knew that he wanted to work in health sciences. As he progressed in his education, he was able to narrow that desire down to working specifically with neuroscience; the final goal being to become a neurosurgeon. With this goal in mind, Abi embarked on a series of projects to both develop his skills and increase his understanding. While attending Coronation Elementary School, Abi travelled to Germany and Japan, where he competed with in various Robotics Competitions. In 2009, his entry for the Bell Science Fair was a project that examined cellular dynamics in relation to breast cancer. Specifically, he was able to isolate a proteomic cluster that reduced the metastatic potential for tumour growth. This discovery was validated and recognized by the McGill Oncology Institution and his findings were published in the winter 2010 edition of the McGill Journal of Medicine. Being published in the medical community has increased Abi’s ability to work with doctors and specialists to further cancer research. His 2011 science fair entry involves developing a drug solution that when injected into a tumor, inhibits the growth and spread of cancer in the breast, prostate and eye. Further research and testing is being conducted.

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
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