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Each year for the past 8 years, the Prevent Cancer Foundation has presented Laurels awards to innovators and leaders in the fight against cancer. This event began in 2003 as a means of both recognizing and celebrating leaders in cancer prevention. The laurel was chosen because it is an ancient Roman symbol of tribute, honor, victory, merit, and reward. In 2009, the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable joined the Foundation as a co-sponsor of the awards.

Again, at the 2011 Dialogue for Action™ on Colorectal Cancer Screening, we will honor people who show passion and dedication in their cancer prevention work. Let us look back at past Laurels awards recipients:

2010
Innovative Programs: Lina Jandorf, M.A.
National Leadership: Laura Seeff, M.D.
Advocacy: Susan Shinagawa

2009
Innovative Programs: Diane Dwyer, M.D.
National Leadership: Tim Byers, M.D., M.P.H.
Advocacy: Joe Arite

2008
International Leadership:  Joseph Sung, M.D.
National Leadership:  Claudia Baquet, M.D., M.P.H.
Advocacy:  Anita Mitchell

2007
Innovative Programs:  Claudia Christensen, R.N., F.N.P., C.G.R.N.
National Leadership:  David Lieberman, M.D.
Advocacy:  Amy Kelly

2006
Outstanding Advocacy:  Barry Stein, Esq.
Outstanding National Leadership:  Harold P. Freeman, M.D.
Outstanding Public Service:  Linda Burhansstipanov, M.S.P.H .
Honorary Cancer Prevention Laurel for Education Outreach: Foghorn Leghorn

2005
Dedication to Community Service:  Paul Limberg, M.D., M.P.H.
National Leadership:  Richard Wender, M.D.
Advocacy:  Dale Mintz, M.P.H.
Dedication to Public Service:  Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

2004
Dedication to Public Service:  Nathaniel Cobb, M.D.
Dedication to Community Programs:  Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H.
National Leadership: Robert A. Smith, Ph.D.
Advocacy:  Cindy Iverson
International Leadership:  Meinhard Classen, M.D. , Paul Rozen, M.D. and Sidney J. Winawer, M.D.

2003
Outstanding Public Service: Ernestine Hambrick, M.D.
Innovation in Communications:  Elmer Huerta, M.D.
Outstanding National Leadership:  Bernard Levin, M.D.
Dedication to Community Programs:  Robert Warren, M.D.

(L. to R.) Dr. Robert Smith, American Cancer Society, Dr. Ana Navarro, University of California, San Diego (accepting on behalf of Susan Shinagawa, Asian & Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivors Network), Dr. Laura Seeff, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Carolyn Aldigé, President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Lina Jandorf, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Andrea Roane, WUSA Channel 9.

Did you know colorectal cancer is equally common in men and women? If you are age 50 or older or if you are at greater risk, be sure to get screened to prevent cancer.