Archive for May, 2008

Top Three Health Care Recommendations Released

Friday, May 9th, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 9, 2008
CONTACT:
Jasmine Greenamyer
703-837-3695
jasmine@preventcancer.org

Outcomes Stem from 2008 National Leadership Meeting on Colorectal Cancer
Prevention and Early Detection

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Prevent Cancer Foundation is releasing the top three health care reform recommendations that emerged from its 10th Annual Dialogue for Action in Colorectal Cancer Screening: Moving Forward Despite a Broken Health Care System event, held in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 8-10, 2008.

The Dialogue for Action conference — the only national conference on this topic and of this nature — focuses on increasing colorectal cancer screening as a component of a comprehensive and coordinated cancer prevention strategy. It’s a lively forum comprised of thought leaders from across the country. The concept of this conference is to spark a dialogue, create action and continue to make strides toward a cancer-free future. Although colon cancer remains the second-leading cancer killer, when detected early it is up to 90 percent preventable through the removal of pre-cancerous polyps.

This year’s meeting included 192 prominent leaders from across the colorectal cancer arena: the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, insurers, physicians, nurses, researchers, state health departments, hospitals, grassroots organizations, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

Following the conference, 111 participants voted on the top health care recommendations generated from their discussions. When asked “If you were face to face with people in power, what key recommendations would you make about how to include preventive services in health care reform?”

These are the top recommendations:

  1. Reimburse primary care providers for evidence-based preventive services.
  2. Establish incentives program for patients to complete preventive screening exams (like colorectal cancer) and participate in healthy behaviors and incentives program for employers.
  3. Support HR 1738: The Colorectal Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment Act.

“We needed a consensus on how to move forward on a cancer where, at best — only 63% of the public has received a preventive colorectal cancer screening test. These three recommendations give us, and our partners, a clear direction on how to target our policy and advocacy efforts. The Prevent Cancer Foundation will work with its partners to disseminate the top recommendations to Congress and other key national organizations,” stated Carolyn Aldigé, president and founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

To learn more about the 2008 Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Dialogue for Action™Conference or HR 1738: The Colorectal Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment Act, visit: www.preventcancer.org.

Conference Co-Chairs: 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. Conference Sponsors: 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.)

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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 More Than $300,000 from Bad Beat on Cancer Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament

Thursday, May 8th, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 8, 2008
CONTACT:
Susanne Hartman
703-837-3692
susanne.hartman@preventcancer.org


Washington Card Sharks Outwit Poker Stars and Each Other to Win a Seat at the
2008 World Series of Poker

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 4th Annual Bad Beat on Cancer Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament in the East Hall of Washington’s historic Union Station on May 6, 2008. It raised more than $300,000 to further the Foundation’s mission: the prevention and early detection of cancer through scientific research, education and community outreach to all populations, including children and the underserved. After the last hand was dealt, Washingtonian Tom Goldstein beat out 130 other players for the top prize.

This widely attended and popular Foundation fundraiser featured special guests, including top professional poker champions as well as noted members of the government, corporate and sports communities. Professional poker champion and Prevent Cancer board member, Phil Gordon — renowned for his commentary on televised poker matches such as Celebrity Poker ShowdownPoker After Dark and the World Series of Poker — served as master of ceremonies for the evening. Gordon “worked the room” stopping at each of the 13 tables and giving color commentary as the games unfolded. Gordon, along with other professional players Andy Bloch, Annie Duke, Chris Ferguson, Rafe Furst and Howard Lederer held a poker clinic for tournament sponsors, participants and their guests.

The tournament — sponsored by Harrah’s Entertainment and Amgen — featured ten players at 13 tables vying to win in a round robin format. The poker stars played at each table in rotation, giving amateurs the chance to beat champions and win autographed shirts. The winner from each table moved on to play a final championship game to win prizes generously donated to the event, including the ultimate grand prize, a $10,000 seat at the 2008 World Series of Poker.

Since its inception in 2004, the tournament has raised nearly $1.1 million to fund the Foundation’s efforts in the areas of cancer research, education and community outreach. Similar Bad Beat on Cancer tournaments have been staged nationwide in New York, Los Angeles and Houston. If you’re interested in holding a Bad Beat on Cancer tournament or poker game in your community to benefit the Prevent Cancer Foundation, visit:www.preventcancer.org for more information.

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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.