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Today is National Cancer Survivors Day

Posted by Jan Bresch, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer on June 1st, 2014 | No Comments »
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Everyone likes to feel like they’re part of a crowd. Except when it comes to the “cancer crowd.” That’s a crowd we’d all like to avoid. In January of 2010, I became part of the cancer crowd. One of those people who heard the words you never want to hear: “it’s cancer.” What I heard next was not what I expected, and quite honestly, it left me speechless. Without taking a breath after saying the biopsy ...

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 »

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 ...

Let’s celebrate life! (¡Celebremos la vida!)

Posted by Pamela Nwoji, Manager, Community Outreach and Education on April 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »
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¡Celebremos la vida! breast and cervical cancer program translates to “Let’s Celebrate Life!” Through this program, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is proud to be able to offer free comprehensive education and screening in a setting that is culturally appropriate and nurturing to women in need. Cancer survival stories like Silvia’s* are the reason that we do this work. For some time, Silvia felt a lump in her right breast. She was afraid to get it checked ...

Best-ever Dialogue for Action!

Posted by Karen Peterson, Vice President, Programs on March 25th, 2014 | No Comments »

Last week, the Prevent Cancer Foundation held its 2014 Dialogue for Action™: Right-Sizing Cancer Screening on March 20 – 21 (pre-conference day: March 19), gathering a diverse group of cancer screening stakeholders from 33 states and the District of Columbia, 9 American Indian/Alaska tribes and organizations, Japan and Israel. Starting with Alan Thorson, M.D., Colon and Rectal Surgery, Inc., from Omaha, NE, who encouraged participants to take practical actions to prevent colorectal cancer in their ...