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Saying thanks at the Prevent Cancer 5k

Posted by Maggie Klee on September 8th, 2014 | No Comments »
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5k - After recently celebrating eight years of being cancer free, I have so much to be thankful for. My family and I are participating in the 5k Walk/Run at Nationals Park on September 21 as a small expression of our gratitude to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Without Prevent Cancer, I would not be where I am today. In August 2006, at the age of 29, I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. It was a complete shock. I was an avid runner and had no family history of cancer. I quickly underwent surgery, and the next seven months were filled with making treatment decisions, getting chemotherapy, and coping with side effects. I had a fairly good prognosis, but then again, my odds of getting cancer in the first place had been in the single digits. I tried to focus on the fact that my oncologist had described it as cancer with a little “c,” not a big “C.” I hoped to just get through it and put it behind me. That was not what happened though. Testing completed in May 2007, shortly after my last treatment, strongly suggested a recurrence. The medical reviews and discussions took on a much different tone and a sense ...

Focus on prevention

Posted by Georgia M. Hurst, Guest Blogger 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 ...

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 ...