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Congressman and Wife Probed

Posted by PCF Admin on October 20th, 2010 | No Comments »
Lisa and Jim McGovern

Advocacy / Regular Screening - It’s election season. Candidates across the country have been under a microscope, having every detail of their lives examined. Just a few short months ago, my husband – Congressman Jim McGovern – and I were being probed in a different way: by a colonoscope. More about that in a minute; first, let’s travel back in time a bit further…. Last year, both Jim and I turned fifty (yes, the big 5-0). Also, we celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary. HUGE milestones. So the question became, how do we properly mark such major life events? We toyed with the idea of a trip or a party, celebrating with close friends and family. But for me, one idea kept resurfacing:  dueling colonoscopies. As executive director of the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention program, I spend a lot of time raising awareness about steps to prevent cancer, including following screening guidelines. I knew that at age 50, and it was time for us to be screened for colon cancer. When I raised this subject with our families, I learned from Jim’s sister that their grandfather had colon cancer, so Jim was actually a little late in getting this done. People with a family history should be screened earlier than 50. Maybe because Jim’s grandfather was treated long ago ...

A ¡Celebremos la vida! Success Story

Posted by Kristina Hunken, Manager, Research Administration & Community Outreach on October 19th, 2010 | No Comments »
Celebremos

Outreach / Regular Screening - Help support this program with a StayClassy Award vote for the Prevent Cancer Foundation before this Friday, October 22! Following up on last week’s post about the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s nomination as a City Finalist for the StayClassy Charity of the Year Award for its continuing support of the ¡Celebremos la vida! program, the Foundation would like to share a wonderful story sent to us by Mary Wozniak, MPH, Celebremos  Program Coordinator at the Spanish Catholic ...

Cherokee Nation Proactive on Prevention

Posted by Janet Hudson on October 18th, 2010 | No Comments »
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25th Anniversary / Outreach - Ruth Hummingbird, BBA Colorectal Cancer Project Coordinator Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control Program “Cherokee Nation colorectal cancer data shows a lower incidence as compared to the U.S. and Oklahoma, however, mortality rates are higher. Cherokee data suggests a higher occurrence of late stage diagnosis for this population group. Further, the Cherokee Nation WW Hastings Hospital has a very high demand for colonoscopies. Education has been a big factor in later stage of diagnosis. Increased educational efforts, with the help ...

Healthy Recipes: Wake-Up Smoothie

Posted by Janet Hudson on October 15th, 2010 | No Comments »
Wake-Up Smoothie

Healthy Eating - With a stash of berries in your freezer, you can jump-start your day with this nutritious, tasty smoothie in just minutes. It provides vitamin C, fiber, potassium and soy protein. Yield: 3 servings, 1 cup each Total Time: 5 minutes Prep Time: 5 minutes Recipe Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups orange juice, preferably calcium-fortified 1 banana 1 1/4 cups frozen berries, such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and/or strawberries 1/2 cup low-fat silken tofu or low-fat plain yogurt 1 tablespoon sugar or Splenda Granular (optional) Recipe Steps: Combine ...