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Clinical trials and the human experience

Posted by Rebecca Evans on May 28th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Advocacy - This blog post was originally published on the PACE blog. This year alone, approximately 1.7 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed and 585,000 people will die from the disease. One in two men and one in three women will get cancer in their lifetime. Currently the second leading cause of death in this country, by 2030 cancer will surpass heart disease as the number one killer. These statistics are well known, but nonetheless troubling. They are more than numbers--they represent real people whose lives are disrupted, transformed and unfortunately, even ended early, because of this complex web of over 100 diseases known as cancer. Among the most important tools we have in the fight against cancer are clinical trials which are research studies that involve people and are designed to test new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer. Potential treatments and therapies are designed in a lab and those that are most promising are then moved into a clinical trial. Most treatments in use today are the results of past clinical trials. Most important, clinical trials provide hope to people dealing with cancer. Although there are best practices in care treatment plans, clinical trials still provide vital opportunities for many patients ...

6th annual Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run on September 21

Posted by Jessie Edington, Development and Event Coordinator on May 20th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Events - Save the date for the 6th Annual Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run on September 21, 2014 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. We are happy to announce registration is now open for the 2014 Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run. This year’s event will feature a scenic course around Nationals Park and the Capitol Riverfront, a chance to test your skills in the Nationals batting cages and information and cancer screenings provided by local medical professionals. We are thrilled ...

It’s always sunny in California

Posted by Monique Smaby, Program & Communications Coordinator, Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program on May 16th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Save Your Skin - My favorite time of the year is on its way. Summer. Beach trips, pool parties and hiking were how I spent my summers growing up in California. Now that I’ve made you want to vacation in California, here are some sun safety tips I learned after spending 25 years on the Pacific Coast. In California, like in many beach communities, tanning is a part of the culture. And that was my first goal every summer. Summer always ...

Medicare panel recommends against payment for CT lung screening tests

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Director of Policy and Advocacy on May 12th, 2014 | No Comments »

Advocacy - The Prevent Cancer Foundation was discouraged to learn that a nine-member Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) determined at the end of April that they could not justify having the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) pay for annual low dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans to detect early lung cancer in former and current heavy smokers. Spiral CT scans detect lung cancer in its early stages and are expected to drop lung ...