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Thinking Globally and Acting Locally

Posted by PCF Admin on April 27th, 2010 | No Comments »
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Outreach - The Prevent Cancer Foundation has been on the national scene for the past 25 years and during that time, the Foundation has advocated for national legislation, promoted cancer prevention at the National Institutes of Health and even helped proclaim March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. However, the Foundation also understands the importance of community outreach and has developed several programs to reach local groups and everyday people with life-saving tools for cancer prevention and early detection. The Foundation’s State Fair Health Awareness and Screening Booths are among the most wide-reaching programs. We collaborate with local medical partners and state government representatives to provide needed tools, such as education and screening opportunities, to encourage people who live in rural areas to detect cancer early. In 2009, more than 5,500 people took advantage of the free health education and screening booths at fairs in Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and South Dakota. While awareness of women’s health issues has increased in the past few years, many women are not screened for breast or cervical cancer because of language barriers, insurance problems or misinformation about these diseases. The Foundation partners with the George Washington University Cancer Center to bring the Mammovan, a ...

Ten Years Later: Colorectal Cancer Prevention Still Saving Lives

Posted by PCF AdminPCF Admin on March 8th, 2010 | No Comments »
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Regular Screening - Ten years ago, the Prevent Cancer Foundation recognized a need to raise awareness, attention and funding for colorectal cancer. Our first step was to pass a resolution officially designating the month in the US Senate, US House and White House, declaring March 2000 as the first National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (NCCAM). The Foundation and our partners launched the first awareness month for colorectal cancer that year, with a major public awareness campaign. Survivors and ...

Fill Up on Fish

Posted by Prevent Cancer on March 3rd, 2010 | No Comments »
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Healthy Eating - You’ve probably heard about the potential benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in protecting your heart and boosting your mood, but now there’s another do-good effect to add to the list: a lower risk of colorectal cancer. Researchers from Harvard and Columbia universities tracked 500 men for 22 years as part of the Physicians’ Health Study and found that men who ate the most fish—at least five times a week—had a 40 percent lower risk of ...

A Winning Attitude Helped Olympic Athlete Fight Testicular Cancer

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Regular Screening - In June, 2008, young Olympic hopeful Eric Shanteau was diagnosed with testicular cancer, just days before the U.S. Olympic swim trials. Earlier that spring, Eric had suspected a problem, and with the encouragement of friends and family, he visited his health care provider at the age of 24. Since Eric’s cancer was caught early due to his screening, perhaps even within the first weeks of appearing and had not spread, his doctors cleared him to ...