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Happy Health Literacy Month

Posted by Rebecca Evans on October 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

Education - October is Health Literacy Month and the Prevent Cancer Foundation is committed to helping individuals from all backgrounds have access to, and understand, important health and medical information. What is health literacy? The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines health literacy as "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions." In other words, our healthcare system is hard to navigate and medical information is exceedingly difficult to decipher. Managing our health on a daily basis can be challenging, and when a chronic illness, like cancer, is introduced the complexity and amount of information thrown at patients is nearly impossible to comprehend. It’s not just simply being able to read health literature, although 5% of the U.S. population struggles with overall illiteracy. It also means simply having access to good health care. Additionally, a patient must be able to critically think about the information presented, evaluate options, make decisions about treatment and affordability, and communicate with health care providers. Self-advocacy is also critical because patients must take responsibility for their own care. However, this is nearly impossible if they cannot access or understand important health information. Further, when we add ...

The Prevent Cancer Super Colon at the 5k Walk/Run

Posted by Oyekemi Oyebode, Coordinator, Programs Administration on October 7th, 2014 | No Comments »
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The Super Colon - As part of my new job at the Prevent Cancer Foundation, I found myself introducing visitors to the Prevent Cancer Super Colon™ at the 5k Walk/Run on September 21. For weeks, colleagues had tried to explain the exhibit to me, but their descriptions didn’t do it justice. This giant traveling display helps demystify colorectal cancer, emphasizing that it is preventable, treatable and beatable. The Prevent Cancer Super Colon is a great educational tool for people of ...

Shop to prevent cancer this Halloween

Posted by Monique Smaby, Program & Communication Coordinator, Congressional Families Program on October 6th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Foundation News - Shop for a cause this Halloween. The Prevent Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce a new partnership, and we just can’t mask our excitement! We teamed up with the folks at Masquerade Express and they will be donating ten percent of all proceeds to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Masquerade Express has an extensive collection of costumes and accessories for women—not just for Halloween, but for any costume occasion. They offer a variety of elaborate masquerade gowns ...

Seek knowledge this October

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications and Policy Coordinator on October 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »
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Prevention - (photo: Christopher John Sztybel ) Pink is everywhere during the month of October. Millions of women and men come together in solidarity during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to share their stories, battles, hopes and experiences. With “pink power” on our minds and upcoming gatherings with relatives to celebrate the holidays, one essential key to cancer prevention is clear: the importance of knowing your family history. You may be at greater risk for breast cancer and other ...