Archive for March, 2010

Congressional Butt-In Generates Calls to Congress Supporting Colorectal Cancer Screening From All 50 States the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
http://www.CoverYourButt.org

MEDIA CONTACT:
Catherine Knowles
C3 Director of Policy
(202) 276-5682

WASHINGTON, DC — On March 30-31, 2010 advocates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico called their Representatives in Congress, urging them to support the Colorectal Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment Act (H.R. 1189) during the annual Congressional Butt-In.

The Colorectal Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment Act (H.R. 1189) will establish a program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide colorectal cancer screenings and treatment for low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals who are not eligible for Medicare.

Representative Kay Granger (R-TX) and sponsor of H.R. 1189, released the following statement: “Like advocates across the country, finding ways to effectively fight colorectal cancer is a very personal issue for me.  I look forward to the day when we have a national colorectal cancer screening and treatment program in place.  Such a program will save thousands of lives and save billions of taxpayer dollars in reduced Medicare expenditures.  I thank the C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and the advocates from across the country who took the time to call Congress today for their support of my bill.  Together we can get H.R. 1189 enacted into law.”

Lisa Hughes, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Prevent Cancer Foundation, released the following statement: “Constituent voices have a major impact on Members of Congress and their policy priorities.  The overwhelming show of support for H.R. 1189 demonstrates a clear need for a Federally-supported screening program for colorectal cancer, and we are hopeful that Congress will act to pass this legislation.  We extend our thanks to those that took the time to call today, and to our partners in this effort, C3: the Colorectal Cancer Coalition.”

Carlea Bauman, President of the C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition, released the following statement: “Today colorectal cancer advocates from across the country spoke up and urged their Representatives to support legislation that will strike a blow against this disease that kills 50,000 Americans each year. I applaud them for their passion and commitment. I am also grateful for the partnership of the Prevent Cancer Foundation on this effort.  Together we will see the vision of a national screening and treatment program for colorectal cancer become a reality.”

While the recently enacted health care reform legislation will lower the cost of preventive services like colonoscopies for many Americans, the healthcare reform legislation will not do anything to increase awareness about the importance of early detection and screening. Today, even among those with health insurance, screening rates for colorectal cancer are much too low – less than half of those who should be screened get screened.

When colorectal cancer is detected early and treated, the five-year survival rate is 90 percent. However, less than 50 percent of U.S. adults aged 50 and older have been screened according to recommended guidelines. Due to low screening rates, less than 40 percent of colorectal cancers are found early. Education and outreach included in HR1189 are crucial to improving these rates.

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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 Foundation has provided more than $113 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 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 C3
C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition pushes for research to improve screening, diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer; for policy decisions that make the most effective prevention and treatment available to all; and for increased awareness that colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable. For more information, visit www.FightColorectalCancer.org.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation Raises 1.3 Million Dollars at Its Annual Spring Gala

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Jim Wood
March 16, 2010 (703) – 837 – 3692
jwood@preventcancer.org


Funds Raised Support Innovative Cancer Prevention Research and Community Outreach Grants

Alexandria, VA — Celebrating “25 Years of Progress Through Prevention,” the Prevent Cancer Foundation held its 16th Annual Spring Gala at the National Building Museum on March 12, 2010. The Foundation welcomed 700 guests to the gala, whose theme wasIndelible Impressions of India.  The glittering event raised 1.3 million dollars to further the organization’s mission:  the prevention and early detection of cancer through scientific research, education and community outreach.  It was held under the honorary patronage of Her Excellency the Ambassador of India, Meera Shankar.

The event was chaired by Tim Keating of the Boeing Company; Joann Piccolo of Tyco Electronics chaired the Dinner Committee.  Celebrity poker players and Bad Beat on Cancer™ Founders, Phil Gordon and Rafe Furst, were honored as the Foundation’s 2010 Cancer Prevention Champions for their outstanding efforts in raising awareness and funds for cancer prevention and early detection.

At the conclusion of dinner, Ron Doornink, former President and CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc., gave a moving speech recounting how cancer has touched his life and that of his family. After Mr. Doornink’s speech, popular WUSA anchorwoman and Prevent Cancer Foundation board member Andrea Roane encouraged attendees to donate and to match a dollar for dollar pledge by Mr. Doornink during the “Lighting the Way to Prevention” portion of the evening.  “Lighting the Way to Prevention” refers to the flashing lanyards each donor received after making a contribution.

“Our annual spring gala gives the Prevent Cancer Foundation the opportunity to raise money for critical cancer prevention and early detection programs and to thank all our supporters,” explains Carolyn Aldigé, president and founder. The Exclusive Presenting Sponsor for the event was Pfizer and both Amgen and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. served as Premier Benefactors. Eisai and sanofi-aventis were Major Benefactors.

The event décor was designed by David Tutera, the acclaimed wedding and event planner and host of “My Fair Wedding” on WE: Women’s Entertainment.  It was catered by Design Cuisine. The museum’s internal architecture fused well with the event’s design, as did the menu. Design Cuisine caterers included a Tandoori Glazed Black Cod as a first course, Indian Red Curry Duck and Vadouvan Quail for the main course and a Cardamom Ice Cream Stack and Chocolate Coffee Tart for dessert.

One of Washington D.C.’s most anticipated annual events, the Prevent Cancer Foundation hosted its first gala in 1994 with Former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush serving as its Co-Chairs. Since its inception in 1985, the Prevent Cancer Foundation has provided over $113 million in support of its programs, 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 Jim Wood using the contact information listed above.

About Prevent Cancer Foundation
The Prevent Cancer Foundation (formerly the Cancer Research and Prevention 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 Foundation has provided more than $113 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 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.