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US Senate Commemorates National Cancer Act 40th Anniversary

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy on December 14th, 2011 | No Comments »
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December 2011 marks a milestone in the Federal commitment to the war on cancer. Forty years ago, the US Congress passed, and President Richard Nixon signed, the National Cancer Act of 1971, a bill which expanded our country’s national cancer program and gave the National Cancer Institute unprecedented authority and resources to begin a comprehensive approach to understanding and developing more effective tools to prevent and treat cancer. Today, several members of the United States Senate, ...

Prevent Cancer Foundation Super Colon & Breakaway from Cancer Support the Dempsey Challenge

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy on November 21st, 2011 | 1 Comment »
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Last month, the Prevent Cancer Foundation participated in the Dempsey Challenge presented by Amgen. The event is a fundraiser for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. And while it raises funds for the Dempsey Center to provide services free of charge to patients and the community, the event also brings the community together through the Lifestyle Festival, walking, cycling, running, and a celebration of ...

Capps Congressional Champion for Lung Cancer Prevention

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy on November 15th, 2011 | No Comments »
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The legislative process is complex, and Congress can be a difficult branch of government to navigate to have a positive impact on prevention policy.  Having Congressional champions is critical, and Congresswoman Lois Capps has been a steadfast supporter of prevention, research and quality of care.  The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention program recently honored her for her work in this regard.  As we observe lung cancer awareness month, Congresswoman Capps’ work in support of lung cancer ...

Lung Cancer: Opportunities to Reduce Mortality Through Policy

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy on November 9th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women, accounting for 28 percent of all cancer deaths, more than colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and pancreatic cancer combined. Yet in research dollars per death, lung cancer is the least funded of the major cancers. However, more so now than perhaps at any other time in recent memory, we have an opportunity to capitalize on advances in screening, a shifting attitude ...