Prevent Cancer Foundation Blog

Seek knowledge this October

Posted by Rebecca Evans 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 cancers if members of your family have been affected by the disease. Each year, 232,670 women and 2,360 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Nearly 40,430 will die of the disease (an additional 62,570 people are estimated to develop non-invasive carcinoma in-situ). But if diagnosed early and treated before it spreads, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 99 percent. It is important to honor breast cancer survivors and patients currently undergoing treatment, but it is equally important to emphasis the necessity of reducing your risk for breast cancer and other diseases. Eating healthy, staying active, getting screened and not smoking have a direct impact on your overall cancer risk. But there is one more aspect of cancer prevention that we can directly control: knowledge. You ...

Who are you here for?

Posted by Lisa McGovern, Executive Director, Congressional Families Program on October 1st, 2014 | No Comments »
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Events - Who are you here for? Those were the words that thousands of participants wore on their shirts at the 6th annual Dempsey Challenge held this past weekend in picturesque Lewiston, Maine. The Dempsey Challenge is sponsored by Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer, a national initiative to increase awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer. Breakaway from Cancer is a partnership of four nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering patients with education, resources and hope, ...

2014 Walk/Run was a blast

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on September 30th, 2014 | No Comments »
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5k - Nationals Park went “green” on September 21 with over 1,300 runners and walkers for the Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run. This year’s event was a smashing success thanks to our participants and over 85 teams who helped raise more than $235,000. A crew of diligent and passionate fundraising superstars ensured that we reached our goal before the event even started. Vernon Holleman (12 years old), the Top Individual Fundraiser, raised $12,350. The Top Team Fundraiser (which was ...

Research progress report: Identifying a biomarker for ovarian cancer early detection

Posted by Jenny Twesten, Manager, Research Administration and Conference Planning on September 25th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Research - (photo: Dr. Kast and his team dramatize attacking a cancer cell) The Prevent Cancer Foundation supports research in cancer prevention and early detection and has provided funding for more than 480 grants or fellowships at more than 150 of the most prestigious academic institutions and medical centers across the country. The goal of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Research Program is to identify and fund innovative projects with potential to make substantial contributions to cancer prevention and ...