Prevent Cancer Foundation Blog

Physician & Skin Cancer Survivor to Young Women: There is No Such Thing as a Safe Tan!

Posted by PCF Admin on July 21st, 2011 | No Comments »
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Save Your Skin - As a pediatrician, I have dedicated much of my life to improve the health of children. Amid my grueling schedule, during my second year of residency I noticed in a bleary-eyed post-call shower that a mole on my chest had changed a little. I recounted the ABCD’s of skin cancer: my mole was only a little larger than a pencil eraser with more heterogeneity than I remembered. When I made an appointment with my internist, he brushed my concerns aside and refused to even look at it. Six months later, the opportunity to see a dermatologist finally arose, but my internist’s referral had never arrived. I had a bad feeling in my gut about the mole, so I called my internist and even cried to get them to help me. The physician’s assistant finally worked me into her schedule. The suspicious mole was off to pathology within minutes, and I received the call two days later that I was right to be worried—the mole represented an early-stage melanoma. I will never forget the way my mother cried when she overheard me asking questions about whether sentinel node mapping would need to be part of the diagnostic work-up. I only required a ...

Communities Making Changes to Promote Prevention

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy on July 20th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Advocacy - Last month, the Administration declared a goal of changing America’s “sick care system to a health care system” with their announcement of a national wellness strategy. The President has asked a range of Federal agencies to consider prevention in everything they do, and asks the rest of us to contribute to being healthier and making our communities healthier places. Many communities across the country have been making strides in becoming healthier. Exercise stations are being added ...

Foundation Awards Research Grants for Spring 2011

Posted by Kristina Hunken, Manager, Research Administration & Community Outreach on July 19th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Research - The Prevent Cancer Foundation is proud to announce its research grantees for spring 2011. The three researchers, who were selected from a pool of over 50 applications nationwide, hail from Washington, DC, Houston, TX, and Chicago, IL. The projects will expand the body of knowledge on prevention and early detection for breast, lung and ovarian cancer. [caption id="attachment_4554" align="alignright" width="150"] Dr. Suzanne O'Neill[/caption] This year’s Holden Family Grant in Breast Cancer was given to Dr. Suzanne O’Neill, assistant ...

Cancer Prevention: Something that “Virtually” Anyone Can Do!

Posted by Jamie Cooper, Senior Associate, Individual Giving on July 15th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Events - This year’s Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K is a family and pet-friendly event that welcomes people of all abilities, ages, shapes, sizes, and localities - you do not even have to be present on event day to participate! The Foundation has a unique opportunity to engage people nationwide to get involved in cancer prevention efforts right in their own community through participation in a “virtual team.”  The only thing that everyone involved with the Prevent Cancer ...