Prevent Cancer Foundation Blog

Researcher Q&A with Derek Huffman, PhD Part I

Posted by PCF Admin on September 22nd, 2011 | No Comments »
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Research - This month the Foundation is proud to highlight the work of Dr. Derek Huffman, a postdoctoral fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Huffman received a two-year fellowship from the Foundation in the spring of 2009. His research focuses on finding a causal link between abdominal fat and tumor risk by examining colon tumors. 1.  What led you to the field of colon cancer research? There is overwhelming evidence that shows your likelihood of being diagnosed with and dying from many cancers is markedly increased if you are obese. For example, obesity increases the risk of dying from colorectal cancer by nearly half for women and almost doubles it for men. In recent years, we have seen an alarming rise in obesity rates in the U.S. and around the developed world, and this trend poses a serious public health concern for cancer control and prevention. Because my background is in cancer and obesity-related research, one of my major goals has been to uncover exactly what is it about being obese that drives cancer risk and to see if this relationship is in fact a causal one. In order to better understand this link, I decided to study ...

7 Tips for Successful 5K Training

Posted by Joe McConnell on September 21st, 2011 | No Comments »
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Exercise Daily - Whether you are getting ready for the Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K on September 24 or looking to start running on your own, read these tips for successful 5K training. 1. What is the minimum amount of time that someone needs to prepare for a 5K? At least a month to work up to 2-3 miles for people who run a little bit and have a little experience; 6 weeks for someone who doesn't run at all; 8 ...

Katherine Kennedy: Take Steps, Save Lives at Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K

Posted by Katherine Kennedy on September 19th, 2011 | 2 Comments »
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Events - The Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K is just 5 days away, and I’m so excited that my team, “KK’s Cancer Kickers” is going strong with 60 members, and we're almost to our fundraising goal of $10,000, making us the top fundraising team! [caption id="attachment_5023" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Katherine Kennedy and Washington Post Live Host Ivan Carter warm up at the 2010 Prevent Cancer Fdn 5k"][/caption] Like everyone else, I’ve been touched by cancer through my family and friends. That’s ...

Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Critical to Survival

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Early Detection - Eighteen months ago I had a normal pelvic exam. Twelve months later I thought I had stomach flu. I went to my family doctor who thought I had appendicitis. He sent me to the emergency room for a CAT scan. The CAT scan showed a healthy appendix but a large mass on my right ovary. Two days later I had my ovaries, uterus, omentum, and pelvic lymph nodes removed. The diagnosis was ovarian cancer, stage ...