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

Posted by Rebecca Evans 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 early detection. The Prevent Cancer Foundation awarded W. Martin Kast, PhD, of the University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center the Genentech Research Award in Ovarian Cancer last year for his project on identifying a possible biomarker for ovarian cancer early detection. Ovarian cancer accounts for more deaths than other cancers of the female reproductive system, and an estimated 21,980 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2014. As we think teal for September, which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Kast explains the impact that his research may have on the early detection of ovarian cancer. What led to your interest in ovarian cancer prevention research? My interest in ovarian cancer prevention research began during a collaboration with scientists at Texas Tech. Our objective was ...

Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program recognizes leadership in prevention

Posted by Monique Smaby, Program & Communications Coordinator, Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program on September 24th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Events - September 18th marked the 22nd annual Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program’s Action for Cancer Awareness Awards Luncheon. The program’s signature event, held on Capitol Hill, recognizes the activities of congressional spouses, media representatives and other advocates for excellence in cancer education, awareness and prevention. This year’s theme was leadership in prevention, honoring CVS Health, award winning NBC News journalist Nancy Snyderman, M.D. and congressional spouse Linda Bachus of Alabama. Investigation Discovery Channel’s Paula Zahn served as the ...

5k Walk/Run & health fair are not to be missed

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on September 16th, 2014 | No Comments »
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5k - 5 days and counting! This coming Sunday, September 21, marks the 6th annual Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run. The Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run is a family (and dog!) friendly event focused on promoting healthy living. Participants run or walk along the Capitol Riverfront boardwalk and through Yards Park, enjoying scenic views along the way. We know that you’re pumped for the 5k, but the excitement doesn’t end there. The health fair on the stadium concourse before and ...

Know your normal: 6 steps to combat gynecologic cancers

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications and Policy Coordinator on September 12th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Prevention - September marks the arrival of everyone’s favorite season, but it also marks the designated month for raising awareness of prostate cancer, gynecologic cancers and childhood obesity. Today, let’s focus on gynecologic cancers. Gynecologic cancers are cancers affecting a woman’s reproductive organs. The five main types are cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar. By the end of 2014, an expected 94,990 cases of gynecologic cancer will have been diagnosed, and 28,790 women are expected to have died from ...