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Senate Special Committee on Aging holds “Fight against Cancer” hearing

Posted by Rebecca Evans on May 9th, 2014 | No Comments »

Advocacy - On Wednesday, May 7, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on Capitol Hill to address “The Fight Against Cancer: Challenges, Progress and Promise.” Chairman Bill Nelson (D-Fla) and Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-Maine) spoke eloquently and passionately about their desire to secure funding for cancer research to support advances in prevention, detection and treatment. Senator Nelson said that although tremendous progress has been made, we are facing a formidable opponent. Additional members of the committee present included Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Witnesses included: Harold E. Varmus, MD, Director, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health Valerie Harper, Actress and Cancer Survivor Thomas Sellers, PhD, MPH, Director, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute Mary Dempsey, Assistant Director and Co-Founder, The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing Chip Kennett, Advocate and Cancer Survivor Dr. Varmus spoke at length about the extraordinary progress that has been made in cancer research, due in large part to investments in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI). He also noted that prevention is our greatest tool in the fight against cancer. Ms. Harper spoke about her personal battle with lung cancer, ...

E-cigarettes to be regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Director of Policy and Advocacy on May 7th, 2014 | No Comments »

Advocacy - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule to begin regulating electronic cigarettes. E-cigarettes are battery-operated products designed to deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemicals. There are currently more than 250 brands on the market and the industry is valued at $2.5 billion. They turn chemicals, including highly addictive nicotine, into an aerosol that is inhaled by the user. The FDA has stated that e-cigarettes have not been thoroughly studied and ...

Let’s celebrate life! (¡Celebremos la vida!)

Posted by Pamela Nwoji, Manager, Community Outreach and Education on April 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »
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Community Outreach - ¡Celebremos la vida! breast and cervical cancer program translates to “Let’s Celebrate Life!” Through this program, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is proud to be able to offer free comprehensive education and screening in a setting that is culturally appropriate and nurturing to women in need. Cancer survival stories like Silvia’s* are the reason that we do this work. For some time, Silvia felt a lump in her right breast. She was afraid to get it checked ...

Q&A with newly funded researchers: Part 2

Posted by Jenny Twesten, Coordinator, Research and Programs on April 21st, 2014 | No Comments »
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Research - We introduced three of our seven new research awardees in an earlier post: Maarten Bosland, D.V.Sc., Ph.D., Awesome Games Done Quick Research Grant in Prostate Cancer Sonia de Assis, Ph.D., Holden Family Research Grant in Breast Cancer Prevention Ronac Mamtani, M.D., M.S.C.E., Figdor Family Research Award in Cancer Prevention Now, meet the remaining four: Ying Fu, Ph.D., Marcia and Frank Carlucci Charitable Foundation Award in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Ronan Kelly, M.D., M.B.A., Lilly USA Research Award in Cancer Prevention ...