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Subcommittee on Health holds “21st Century Cures” hearing

Posted by Jennifer on June 20th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Advocacy - Recently, the House Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Capitol Hill to discuss “21st Century Cures: the Role of Incentives in Advancing Treatments and Cures for Patients.” Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Michigan) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-Pennsylvania) expressed their eagerness to address issues surrounding the introduction and accessibility of innovative treatments. Representative Upton noted that “we lack effective treatments for almost 95 percent of known diseases and over 95 percent of drugs in development do not make it to market.” Additionally, Dr. Sam Gandy, who leads research on Alzheimer's Disease at Mount Sinai, gave us some startling statistics about Alzheimer's: Half of people over 85 suffer from Alzheimer's, with the other half serving as caregivers. Medicare and Medicaid covered $150 billion in treatment costs for those with Alzheimer's in 2014. If scientists were able to develop a drug that slows the onset of this disease by just five years, the amount of people who suffer from the disease in their lifetime would be significantly reduced and it would save half a trillion dollars in future treatment costs. Dr. Gandy closed his testimony with the sad realization that despite these statistics, "there is currently nothing on the horizon that will ...

Do More 24: Do more today

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on June 19th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Do More 24 - Thousands of people will come together today in the D.C. metro area to make our community a better place. Powered by United Way of the National Capital Area, Do More 24 is a local movement that encourages community members to donate to the causes and organizations closest to their hearts to solve our region’s most pressing challenges. It would be difficult to find a cause closer to the hearts of the D.C. metro area than cancer. ...

Be a buddy: When advocacy becomes personal, Part II

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on June 12th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Advocacy - Do you know your family health history? It’s your first step in becoming your own best health advocate. The spring issue of Cancer PreventionWorks focuses on knowing your health background. This issue’s cover story features local CBS affiliate news co-anchor and Prevent Cancer board member, Andrea Roane, whose family history of cancer inspired her to take steps to live a longer and healthier life and Stop Cancer Before It Starts! This is Part II of her ...

Take your exercise outdoors this summer in D.C.

Posted by Monique Smaby, Program & Communications Coordinator, Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program on June 11th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Exercise Daily - You can find free outdoor fitness activities through your local paper and through doing online research. Learn about hiking and biking trails and find maps through the National Park Service. This blog post is focused on outdoor exercise in D.C., but every city has cheap options for staying active outdoors. Get out your map. This week, I am taking you on a trip to the best places to exercise outside in Washington, D.C. My summer goal ...