Prevent Cancer Foundation Blog

Prevention and politics: Why your voice matters

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler on October 31st, 2014 | No Comments »

Advocacy - Midterm elections are upon us. If you are like most Americans, you can’t wait for November 4 to come and go, so that you are no longer bombarded with political commercials and mailings, requests for money, and appeals for votes. It’s easy to get frustrated by our political system. There is significant gridlock and partisanship. The debates and disagreements can be nasty. Meaningful change often moves at an extremely slow pace. So what if you just don’t vote next week? Maybe you don’t have time, don’t fully understand the issues, or just don’t care very much. You’ve probably heard that you can’t complain if you don’t vote. While that familiar saying holds some truth, there is another important component to consider. Not voting is also an expression of what you value. It means that the critical issues of cancer prevention and early detection won’t be represented in Congress if we don’t take the time to support candidates who prioritize health and wellness. When Congress reconvenes for the 114th Congress, there will be many issues at stake including health care implementation and funding for biomedical research. The financial nightmare of sequestration is going to rear its ugly head once more (remember furloughs for ...

Make your Halloween a healthy one

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications and Policy Coordinator on October 30th, 2014 | No Comments »
halloween

Healthy Eating - (PHOTO LICENSE) The word “Halloween” might conjure up images of endless Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, caramel apples galore and little kids dressed up as ninja turtles, zombies or Elsa from Frozen. Healthy eating, however, probably doesn’t come to mind. Daily healthy eating can reduce your risk for cancer, which affects nearly 1.6 million Americans every year. To reduce your risk, approach every day (including holidays) through the lens of prevention. Eating a well-balanced diet of fruits, ...

Research progress report: Folic acid and breast cancer risk

Posted by Jenny Twesten, Manager, Research Administration and Conference Planning on October 29th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Research - We’re donning our brightest shades of pink this month to raise awareness of breast cancer. This year, an estimated 232,670 women and 2,360 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Nearly 40,430 people will die of the disease. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we asked Foundation research awardee Ligi Paul, PhD, of Tufts University to give us an update on her study of folic acid and breast cancer risk. Dr. Paul’s project is one of ...

Cooking up prevention: 2014 community grantee spotlight

Posted by Erica Childs Warner, Director, Evaluation & Outreach on October 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »
TIPS in Miami-#3

Community Outreach - Through the support of a Prevent Cancer Foundation community grant, 7,200 African Americans in urban and rural areas in 11 states will receive cookbooks with healthy lifestyle tips on diet, exercise and cancer screening. With a $10,000 grant from the Foundation, staff at the Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia, have been collecting tips from African American women in Miami, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. When the cookbook is finished, 18 community coalitions will help with ...