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Happy Health Literacy Month

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy on October 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

October is Health Literacy Month and the Prevent Cancer Foundation is committed to helping individuals from all backgrounds have access to, and understand, important health and medical information. What is health literacy? The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines health literacy as "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions." In other words, our healthcare system is hard to navigate and medical ...

Foundation hosts webcast, “Family Medical History: Why & What You Should Know” – May 1st

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on April 25th, 2013 | No Comments »
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Many of us can easily recite the story of our parents, grandparents and their extended families – where they lived, what they did for a living, how they met their spouses and memorable moments from family get-togethers. What too many of us don’t know about our families is the critical information that could save or prolong our lives- our family medical history. [caption id="attachment_10341" align="alignright" width="270"] Knowing your family health history can help you determine your ...

Lively and thoughtful discussion of cancer screening guidelines planned for the 2013 Dialogue for Action

Posted by Karen Peterson, Vice President of Programs on February 15th, 2013 | No Comments »
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Health professionals who attend the 2013 Dialogue for Action on Cancer Screening: Hitting the Targets will have a unique opportunity to hear a timely and important panel discussion on “The Future of Cancer Screening Guidelines: Reconciling the Benefits and Harms of Cancer Screening”. The discussion will get underway on Thursday March 21 at 4:35 pm at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore. Tim Byers, MD, MPH, an expert in cancer prevention research from the University of ...

Anticipated 2013 cancer figures

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on January 24th, 2013 | No Comments »
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The latest cancer figures compiled in the annual statistics report of the American Cancer Society show that more than 1.66 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2013, while more than 580,000 Americans are expected to die from the disease. Since 1991, the overall death rate for cancer in the U.S. has declined, primarily because of reductions in smoking and improved cancer screening. According to the report, about half of all new cancers ...