Archive for May, 2009

The Foundation Applauds Kansas Governor for Promoting Skin Cancer Awareness Month in Kansas

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 22, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT:
Katie Lapides
703-837-3697
katie.lapides@preventcancer.org

ALEXANDRIA, VA —The Prevent Cancer Foundation — the only organization in the United States solely dedicated to the prevention of cancer since 1985 — thanks Governor Mark Parkinson for proclaiming Skin Cancer Awareness Month in Kansas.

“The Foundation applauds Governor Parkinson for recognizing the importance that skin cancer awareness has to Kansans and all Americans. By encouraging Kansans to be practical in their sun protection, hopefully will lead to fewer cases of skin cancer in the state,” explained Carolyn Aldigé, president and founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “With skin cancer cases on the rise, it is important that citizens of all ages take proactive steps to reduce the harmful effects of the sun while still enjoying the outdoor activities Kansas has to offer.”

“Kansans know the fun that can be had outdoors; unfortunately, like many Americans, too few recognize that overexposure to the sun and its ultraviolet radiation is the leading cause of skin cancer.” said Governor Parkinson. “The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and when detected in its earliest stages, can often be cured. That’s why the Prevent Cancer Foundation is so important; by raising awareness around this issue they can prevent cancer and promote treatment.”

According to the American Cancer Society, skin Cancer affects over a million Americans annually. More than 68,000 cases of melanoma are estimated to be diagnosed in 2009—over 500 of those cases in Kansas, according to the Kansas Department of Health.  Simple lifestyle choices have shown to help reduce your risk for skin cancer, such as avoiding sun exposure or seeking shade between 10am and 4pm; always wearing sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher, even on cloudy days and remembering to reapply; wearing sun protective clothing such as a wide brimmed hat, sun protective sunglasses and tight weaved clothing.  For more information and skin cancer prevention and early detection please visitwww.preventcancer.org.

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About Prevent Cancer Foundation
The Prevent Cancer Foundation was started in 1985. 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 Prevent Cancer Foundation has provided more than $106 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach programs across the country. The Foundation’s peer-reviewed grants have been awarded to nearly 400 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, visit www.preventcancer.org.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation and Celebrity Fitness Trainer Denise Austin Host First Ever Step Away From Cancer 5K Run/Walk

Monday, May 4th, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 4, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT
Apoorva Sabnis Stull
(703) 837-3687
apoorva.sabnis-stull@preventcancer.org

“America’s Favorite Fitness Expert” is honorary chair person of inaugural race/walk event

ALEXANDRIA, VA — This coming September 26, the Prevent Cancer Foundation (the Foundation) will host its first annual Step Away From Cancer 5K™ run/walk in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. Joining in the day’s festivities will be celebrity fitness guru Denise Austin, who will lead the pre-race warm-up, along with trainers from the event’s fitness partner, Sport&Health.

“The Step Away from Cancer 5K™ run/walk is a great way for people to actively take steps to prevent cancer,” explains Denise Austin. “I’m so thrilled to be part of the Foundation’s inaugural race and hope you will join us!”

The Step Away From Cancer 5K™ aims to encourage the public to take their own steps to prevent cancer, through regular screenings and leading a healthy lifestyle. Proceeds from theStep Away From Cancer 5K™ will help support the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s important cancer prevention community outreach and education programs and research.

“We are so excited to have Denise on board as our honorary race/walk chair,” says Carolyn Aldigé, President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “This event really enforces our Foundation’s mission; that physical activity lowers the risk of most cancers. Together, we can all take steps away from cancer.”

Individual registration is $25 to enter the run/walk and children under 12 are free. All registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Transponder timing operated by Capital Running Company will be used to score the 5K. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers. Prizes will be also given to the first and second place finishers in the men and women’s age divisions. The post-race awards ceremony begins at approximately 9 a.m.. For more information or to register online please visit www.runwashington.com.

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About Prevent Cancer Foundation
The Prevent Cancer Foundation was started in 1985. 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 Prevent Cancer Foundation has provided more than $106 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach programs across the country. The Foundation’s peer-reviewed grants have been awarded to nearly 400 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.
About Denise Austin
Dubbed “America’s Favorite Fitness expert,” Denise Austin is the creator of the online nutrition and fitness program DeniseAustin.com. She is a member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and has sold nearly 20 million exercise videos and DVDs and written nine books on fitness. She is the former host of several television shows, including “Denise Austin’s Daily Workout,” the longest running fitness show on television.