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Do More 24: Do more today

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on June 19th, 2014 | No Comments »
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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. ...

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 ...