Archive for March, 2008

Prevent Cancer Foundation Convenes National Dialogue to Combat Colorectal Cancer

Monday, March 31st, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 31, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jasmine Greenamyer
703-837-3695, C-703-307-7328
jasmine@preventcancer.org

Dialogue for Action™ Conference Media Event Set for April 9, 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland

ALEXANDRIA, VA — On the heels of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and the updated Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines issued in March by an alliance of cancer organizations, the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Dialogue for Action Conference is set for April 8-10, 2008 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. The gathering draws about 250 stakeholders together from the healthcare community including providers, state health officials, researchers, educators, insurers, and various industry representatives — all who have an interest in colon cancer prevention and early detection.

The Foundation’s goal is to facilitate conversations about the role of primary care and prevention in a reformed health care system in the context of colorectal cancer prevention and early detection strategies. Based on these initial meetings, participants gain insights into ways they can encourage increased screening in their communities.

This unique conference, now in its 10th year, is titled: A Dialogue for Action in Colorectal Cancer Screening: Moving Forward Despite a Broken Health Care System.

WHAT: Prevent Cancer Foundation
Dialogue for Action™ Conference
Media Event
(Reporters will not have access to conference seminars)
WHEN: Wednesday, April 9, 2008
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
St. George Room, 6th Floor
202 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
WHO: Richard Wender, M.D., Conference Co-chair
Prevent Cancer Foundation, Medical Advisory Board Member
Thomas Jefferson University
Immediate Past President, American Cancer Society

Jonathan Cohn, Conference Keynote Speaker
Senior Editor, The New Republic
Author of Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Crisis and the People Who Pay the Price

WHY: Although colon cancer remains the second-leading cancer killer — it is up to 90% preventable when detected early through the removal of pre-cancerous polyps. This is the only national conference on this topic and of this nature. As the creator and convener of this annual conference, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is committed to providing a forum to exchange ideas on the potential for increasing preventive services and colorectal cancer screening — in spite of the current health care crisis. The concept of this conference is to: spark a dialogue, create action, and continue to make strides toward a cancer-free future.
NOTE: Conference is not open to the public. A preliminary list of recommendations stemming from this conference will be released to the media and public on April 25, 2008.


The 2008 Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Dialogue for Action™ Conference Co-Chairs are Richard Wender, MD, Thomas Jefferson University and member of the Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board; Tim Byers, MD, MPH, University of Colorado Cancer Center; and Robert Smith, PhD, American Cancer Society. This conference is generously sponsored by: Patron, Quest Diagnostics; Benefactor, Genentech; and Supporters, Beckman Coulter, Inc., Exact Sciences, Olympus America, Inc. and Quidel. (Sponsors have no involvement in the agenda or content of the conference.)

For more information about the Prevent Cancer Foundation Dialogue for Action™ Conference, visit: www.preventcancer.org.

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About Prevent Cancer Foundation
The Prevent Cancer Foundation (formerly the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation) was started in 1985 when Founder and President Carolyn Aldigé first understood the power of prevention to defeat cancer — and recognized that too few of the country’s resources were used to promote cancer prevention research or education. Today, it is one of the nation’s leading health organizations and has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Through healthy lifestyle choices, you can reduce your risk of breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostate, skin and testicular cancers.

Since its inception the Foundation has provided more than $97 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach programs. The Foundation’s peer-reviewed grants have been awarded to more than 300 scientists from more than 150 of the leading academic medical centers nationwide. This research has been pivotal in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important cancer prevention and early detection strategies. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.

Prevent Cancer Foundation Raises 1.4 Million Dollars From Annual Spring Gala

Monday, March 24th, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 24, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT:
Brandon Pinney
703-837-3688
brandon.pinney@preventcancer.org

Funds to Support Innovative Cancer Prevention Research and Community Outreach Grants

Alexandria, VA — The Prevent Cancer Foundation (formerly the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation) — the only organization in the United States solely dedicated to the prevention of cancer since 1985 — held its 14th Annual Spring Gala at the National Building Museum on March 14, 2008. The glittering event, which this year honored the country of Turkey, raised 1.4 million dollars to further the organization’s mission: the prevention and early detection of cancer through scientific research, education and community outreach to all populations, including children and the underserved.

Widely recognized as one of Washington’s premier events; the gala attracted nearly 800 guests from the business, diplomatic, government, medical, sports, media and social communities. His Excellency, the Ambassador of Turkey and Mrs. Nabi Sensoy served as the Honorary Patrons and Brenda Becker, Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs at Boston Scientific along with celebrity party planner and Prevent Cancer Foundation Board Member David Tutera served as Gala Co-Chairs. The Honorable Tom Harkin and Mrs. Harkin, The Honorable Gordon Smith and Mrs. Smith, The Honorable Norman Dicks and Mrs. Dicks and The Honorable Ed Whitfield and Mrs. Whitfield presided as the Honorary Congressional Gala Chairs while guests included His Excellency, the Ambassador of MoroccoThe Honorable Patrick Leahy, Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chief Executive Officer Teresa Earnhardt, and Susan G. Komen Foundation founder Nancy Brinker.

The gala, which was generously underwritten by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Sam’s Clubwith sanofi-aventis serving as the Premier Benefactor and Amgen and Roche as Major Benefactors, opened with a reception prior to dinner. Curtains obscuring the main hall of the Building Museum opened to reveal Mr. Tutera’s exquisitely designed Turkish themed décor which was highlighted by red tents positioned over the dining tables, elaborate table ornaments composed of fruits, nuts, and smartly crafted flower arrangements, and soft lighting that made the museum’s pillars reflect a vibrant hue of red reflect off the curtains encircling the hall. Guests dined on Turkish themed food that included a swordfish kebab, lamb chops in a demi-glaze, followed by a sumptuous dessert sampler that included a caramelized baked pear, an apricot baklava, and lemon-phyllo custard topped with a candied lemon zest. Following dinner revelers took to the dance floor to continue the celebration until the event came to a close at the stroke of midnight.

One of Washington D.C.’s most anticipated annual spectacles, the Prevent Cancer Foundation hosted its first gala in 1994 with Former President George H.W. Bush and First lady Barbara serving as its Co-Chairs. The Foundation uses proceeds from the gala and other fundraising efforts to fund its preventive cancer research and community education grants, which are aimed at educating people about the eight preventable cancers. Since its inception in 1985 the Prevent Cancer Foundation has funded over $97 million in innovative research and education grants aimed at ensuring that the next generation will not have to suffer from preventable cancers. Visit www.preventcancer.org to learn more about the Prevent Cancer Foundation and its life saving programs.

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Photos from the gala are available upon request. Please email Brandon Pinney using the contact information listed above.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation:
For more than 20 years, the Prevent Cancer Foundation has carried out its mission of cancer prevention in three important ways; by funding research that helps us better understand how to prevent cancer; educating the public about how they can prevent cancer; and by reaching out to communities across the nation. Since 1985, the Foundation has provided more than $97 million in support of cancer prevent research, education and outreach programs, and has played a pivotal role in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important prevention and early detection strategies.

The Foundation focuses its energies and resources on those cancers—including lung, breast, prostate, colorectal, cervical, skin, oral and testicular—that can be prevented through lifestyle changes or early detection and treatment. We envision a future where cancer incidence and mortality will be significantly reduced through preventive measures.

For more information, please visit: www.preventcancer.org.

Prevent Cancer Foundation Supports New Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines

Friday, March 7th, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 7, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jasmine Greenamyer
703-837-3695
jasmine.greenamyer@preventcancer.org

First-Ever Consensus Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer Screening
Highlights Cancer Prevention as the Primary Goal

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Prevent Cancer Foundation welcomes the newly released colorectal cancer screening guidelines by the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, and the American College of Radiology. These are the first-ever joint consensus guidelines for colorectal cancer screening for average-risk adults.

Bernard Levin, M.D., co-chairman of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Scientific Review Panel and member of its Medical Advisory Board, and professor emeritus at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, states, “We are confident that these new screening guidelines give providers and patients an opportunity to prevent colorectal cancer from developing. We purposely emphasized tests that can remove precancerous polyps or lesions before they turn into cancer.” Levin was the lead author of the study and actively involved in the creation of these new guidelines, which add two new tests to the list of recommended screening options: Stool DNA test (sDNA) and CT colonography (CTC), also known as virtual colonoscopy.

Although colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer, it is highly preventable through early detection and the removal of suspicious polyps. Carolyn Aldigé, president and founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, notes, “Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable of all cancers and one of the few that can be actually prevented by screening. Our slogan is ‘Colorectal Cancer: Preventable! Treatable! Beatable!’ These new guidelines represent an important step forward in catching cancer before it develops.”

The Prevent Cancer Foundation — which spearheaded the designation of March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and is committed to public awareness of colorectal cancer prevention and early detection — applauds the two-year effort culminating in new consensus guidelines. The Foundation also encourages clinicians to make patients aware of the full range of screening options now available while being mindful that prevention should be the primary goal of colorectal cancer screening.

The guidelines, based on the most current scientific evidence and expert opinion available, can be viewed at: http://caonline.amcancersoc.org/misc/guidelines.shtml.

For more information about colorectal cancer or the Prevent Cancer Foundation, please visit:www.preventcancer.org/colorectal.

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About Prevent Cancer Foundation
The Prevent Cancer Foundation (formerly the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation) was started in 1985 when Founder and President Carolyn Aldigé first understood the power of prevention to defeat cancer – and recognized that too few of the country’s resources were used to promote cancer prevention research or education. Today, it is one of the nation’s leading health organizations and has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Through healthy lifestyle choices, you can reduce your risk of breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostate, skin and testicular cancers.

Since its inception the Foundation has provided more than $97 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach programs. The Foundation’s peer-reviewed grants have been awarded to more than 300 scientists from more than 150 of the leading academic medical centers nationwide. This research has been pivotal in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important cancer prevention and early detection strategies. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.