Prevent Cancer Foundation Blog

Focus on prevention

Posted by Rebecca Evans on September 5th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Prevention - Both of my older brothers had colon cancer; the oldest died at 36 and the other lost his colon at 48. This was when my family learned that we hold the mutation for Lynch syndrome. Lynch syndrome is an inherited disorder that increases your risk for a dozen different early onset cancers, particularly cancers of the colon and rectum. My particular mutation also holds implications for cancer of the stomach, small intestine, liver, gallbladder ducts, upper urinary tract, brain and skin. Those with Lynch syndrome are encouraged to undergo extensive annual testing and surveillance for the many cancers that we are at great risk for developing. I am 43 and, thankfully, have not had any cancer. I believe that there are a number of variables that contribute to cancer. I make a concerted effort every day, in every aspect of my life, to prevent cancer from developing. I have become one of the world’s greatest patient advocates for those with Lynch syndrome, blogging about the emotional aspects of Lynch syndrome and doing research to understand it. I read a lot about other genetic disorders and diseases in order to give my diagnosis perspective. What I have come to realize through my research and advocacy ...

Supporting breast health for everyone

Posted by Erica Childs Warner, Director, Evaluation & Outreach on September 4th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Community Outreach - Breast health isn’t just for October. In this year alone, an estimated 232,670 women and 2,360 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. An estimated 40,430 breast cancer deaths are expected this year. If diagnosed early and treated before it spreads, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 99 percent. But the reality is that not everyone has access to breast health education and screening. The Prevent Cancer Foundation is trying to change that little ...

Cancer: You’re going down

Posted by Sarah Fraser, Host of Sarah, Ty, & Mel on DC's 107.3 on September 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »
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5k - I am honored to be involved with the Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run. At the age of 15, I lost my father to stomach and esophageal cancer. Currently, at the age of 67, my mother is receiving treatment and beating breast cancer. The word “cancer” brings up strong emotions for me. Hearing the words “I have cancer” from both of my parents still makes my heart sink. The fear of losing a loved one to cancer is ...

Skin cancer is no joke

Posted by Rachel Back, Guest Blogger on August 29th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Save Your Skin - I am a very pale person and haven't tanned that frequently in my life. However, the few times that I've ever had a temporary tan or sunburn have caused permanent problems in my skin that I will be facing for the rest of my life. I've had about twenty moles removed throughout my twenty-four years of living thus far. About fifty percent of them came back as precancerous and would've developed into cancer if I waited ...