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Today is National Cancer Survivors Day

Posted by Rebecca Evans on June 1st, 2014 | No Comments »
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Screening Story - Everyone likes to feel like they’re part of a crowd. Except when it comes to the “cancer crowd.” That’s a crowd we’d all like to avoid. In January of 2010, I became part of the cancer crowd. One of those people who heard the words you never want to hear: “it’s cancer.” What I heard next was not what I expected, and quite honestly, it left me speechless. Without taking a breath after saying the biopsy she removed from the growth on my back was cancer, she added, “But let’s wait until August to do anything about it.” August? Are you crazy? I promptly fired my dermatologist. By 2010, I had been working in the nonprofit healthcare field – mainly cancer - for about 15 years, and I knew you never waited. Early detection saves thousands of lives each year. Armed with my results, I got an appointment with a new dermatologist the same day who I had worked with previously through Prevent Cancer. She reviewed the results, did a complete body scan and said the growth needed to be removed now. It couldn’t wait until August. A couple of days later not only did she remove the growth, but she also took off ...

World No Tobacco Day

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Director of Policy and Advocacy on May 31st, 2014 | No Comments »
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Advocacy - Tobacco kills six million people each year, 600,000 of whom are non-smokers dying from secondhand smoke. If the trend continues, by 2030, eight million people will die from tobacco use each year. Although tobacco use is currently responsible for ten percent of adult deaths worldwide, it is also the single most preventable cause of death globally. The Prevent Cancer Foundation is pleased to recognize May 31 as World No Tobacco Day. Every year on this date, ...

Pack your way to a tastier, healthier and cheaper lunch

Posted by Monique Smaby, Program & Communications Coordinator, Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program on | No Comments »
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Healthy Eating - There are numerous benefits to packing your own lunch: 1. You save money - eating out every day can break the bank, 2. You know exactly what you are putting in your body, and 3. You can spend the extra time on your lunch break doing these productive things instead of standing in line for takeout. If you are anything like me, you spend about 10 seconds thinking about lunch before running off to work in ...

Clinical trials and the human experience

Posted by Carolyn "Bo" Aldigé, President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation on May 28th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Advocacy - This blog post was originally published on the PACE blog. This year alone, approximately 1.7 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed and 585,000 people will die from the disease. One in two men and one in three women will get cancer in their lifetime. Currently the second leading cause of death in this country, by 2030 cancer will surpass heart disease as the number one killer. These statistics are well known, but nonetheless troubling. They ...