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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Rebecca Evans on September 8th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Prevention - Many people are shy when it comes to discussing prostate cancer. Viewed as a personal, private disease, prostate cancer is too often discussed in hushed tones. But hushed tones can’t educate. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a month devoted to educating men (and women) about prostate cancer statistics, symptoms, prevention and early detection. Let’s make it a “September Resolution” to get talking. This year, an estimated 233,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and an estimated 29,480 will die from the disease. Prostate cancer is a serious disease, but fortunately, with early detection and treatment, it does not have to be fatal. The relative five-year survival rate is almost 100%, and more than 2.5 million men in the United States are prostate cancer survivors. Women: prostate cancer may not directly affect you, but you can play a role in preventing it by educating the men in your life about ways to reduce their risk. Men: here’s what you need to know to reduce your risk for prostate cancer. 5 facts about prostate cancer: Most prostate cancer is diagnosed in men older than 65. At 50, start talking with your health care professional about the pros and cons of getting tested—or not ...

Saying thanks at the Prevent Cancer 5k

Posted by Lesley Marlin, Guest Blogger on | 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 ...

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 ...