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SOCIETY OF SURGICAL ONCOLOGY GIVES AWARD TO ROGER B. SMITH

 SOCIETY OF SURGICAL ONCOLOGY GIVES AWARD TO ROGER B. SMITH
 NEW YORK, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society of Surgical Oncology, an international organization dedicated to enhancing the body of knowledge about cancer, has bestowed its prestigious "James Ewing Layman's Award" on Roger B. Smith for his distinguished efforts in support of cancer research, it was announced today.
 Dr. Charles M. Balch, president of the society, said the award recognizes Smith's leadership in establishing the General Motors Cancer Research Awards in 1978 to recognize basic and clinical scientists for hallmark accomplishments in the field of cancer research. For more than a decade Smith chaired the GM Cancer Research Foundation, whose awards program has presented more than $4 million in prizes to 48 scientists from around the world who have been chosen by their peers as leaders in research on the cause, prevention and treatment of cancer.
 Smith said his dedication to cancer research was prompted by his own encounter with cancer in the early 60s, which was successfully treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. "I learned that not much was known about cancer -- not even by the foremost doctors and scientists in the field," Smith said. "I decided to help if I could...for the same reason General Motors has been involved over the years.
 "GM has given time, energy and financial support to this work because of a fundamental principal for people and corporations alike," Smith added. "In order to fulfill ourselves we need to give back more to life than we take."
 The Society of Surgical Oncology was originally formed in 1940 by physicians at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Their layman's award is named in honor of James Ewing, former director of the hospital, and advocate of the multi-disciplinary approach to coping with cancer.
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 /CONTACT: Dr. Charles M. Balch of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 713-792-6446, for Society of Surgical Oncology/ CO: Society of Surgical Oncology ST: New York, Michigan IN: HEA SU:


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