Archive for May, 2010

Prevent Cancer Foundation Honors Members of Congress for Cancer Prevention Efforts

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 19, 2010 (updated June 8, 2010)

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tracey Young
(703) 837-3687
tracey.young@preventcancer.org

ALEXANDRIA, VA — As part of its 25th Anniversary celebration, the Prevent Cancer Foundation has recognized 33 members of Congress as Prevention Champions for their outstanding work in cancer prevention. The Award recognizes lawmakers for their consistent and steadfast leadership in support for cancer research access, primary prevention and awareness.

“The Prevent Cancer Foundation has been privileged to work with many champions on Capitol Hill to further policy that supports cancer prevention, research and screening,” said Lisa Hughes senior director, Policy and Advocacy for the Foundation. “As the Foundation moves into its next 25 years, we look forward to continued relationships with these honorees.”

The 25th Anniversary Prevention Champions

  • Senator Sherrod Brown
  • Senator Sam Brownback
  • Senator Mike Crapo
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • Senator Tom Harkin
  • Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
  • Senator Tim Johnson
  • Senator Pat Leahy
  • Senator Barbara Mikulski
  • Senator Arlen Specter
  • Congressman Spencer Bachus
  • Congressman Joe Barton
  • Congresswoman Lois Capps
  • Congressman Mike Castle
  • Congressman Joe Crowley
  • Congressswoman Kathy Dahlkemper
  • Congresswoman Diana DeGette
  • Congressman Norm Dicks
  • Congressman John Dingell (added 6/8/10)
  • Congressman Chet Edwards
  • Congresswoman Kay Granger
  • Congressman Parker Griffith
  • Congressman Ruben Hinojosa
  • Congressman Steve Israel
  • Congressman Patrick Kennedy
  • Congressman James McGovern
  • Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
  • Congresswoman Doris Matsui
  • Congressman Jim Moran
  • Congresswoman Sue Myrick
  • Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • Congressman John Tanner
  • Congressman Ed Whitfield

The honorees were selected on several criteria including:

  • consistent support for issues of importance in cancer prevention and overall cancer care ( areas of support may include funding, research, access, primary prevention and education)
  • survivor or caregiver that has used his/her platform to educate the public about issues in cancer prevention
  • supporter through participation in fundraising or awareness events.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation is celebrating 25 years of progress through prevention and is a catalyst for promoting cancer awareness. The Foundation provides early detection strategies, screening guidelines and ways to reduce cancer risk through healthy lifestyle choices. For more information on how to prevent cancer, go to the Foundation’s web site at www.preventcancer.org.

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About The 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 $113 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.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation Urges Sun Safety in Celebration of Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, May 14th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 14, 2010

CONTACT:
Tracey Young
(703) 837-3687
tracey.young@preventcancer.org

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Before you hit the pool, beach or even the backyard this summer, don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun.  May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and the Prevent Cancer Foundation wants to remind you to practice sun safety while enjoying your favorite outdoor activities.

Get the Facts on Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, affecting over 1 million Americans a year. Even with improved awareness about prevention and early detection, cases of the most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma, are on the rise.  A recent study by the American Academy of Dermatology found that 76 percent of people do not worry about skin cancer because they think it can be treated easily. However, when melanoma is not detected early, it can be deadly.

Skin cancer affects those with all hair, skin and eye colors—even those that never sunburn.

The Foundation recommends these five tips to help reduce your risk.

  • Limit: Avoid or limit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    Every day: Always wear sunscreen with UVB and UVA exposure protective formula and with SPF 15 or higher, even on cloudy days.
  • Sunscreen: Apply at least one ounce — about a shot glass full — of sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going out in the sun and reapply frequently — at least every two hours if in continuous sunlight.
  • Other sun protectors: Wear sunglasses treated to absorb ultraviolet (UV) radiation, use a lip balm with an SPF of at least 15, and wear tight-weave clothing with long sleeves and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Tanning beds: Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps, which provide an additional source of ultraviolet radiation.

The Foundation is celebrating 25 years of providing communities with cancer prevention and early detection strategies, screening guidelines, and ways to reduce cancer risk through healthy lifestyle choices. For more information on how to prevent skin cancer, go to the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s web site at www.preventcancer.org.
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About The 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 $113 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.


“World Series of Good” To Benefit Prevent Cancer Foundation

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 12, 2010

CONTACT:
Tracey Young
(703) 837-3687
tracey.young@preventcancer.org

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Professional poker player Andy Bloch and entrepreneur Michael Karnjanaprakorn have upped the ante on how much they plan to donate to charity. Karnjanaprakorn has launched the World Series of Good, an initiative that encourages poker players to contribute to charitable causes, pledging 100 percent of his winnings from the World Series of Poker (WSOP) to selected charities, including the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Bad Beat on Cancer ™ (BBOC).  Additionally, Bloch has vowed to pledge 25 percent of his winnings.

“I have long supported Bad Beat on Cancer, and when I heard about the World Series of Good project, I thought it was a great idea,” said Bloch. “I hope my pledge costs me two million dollars.”

Bad Beat on Cancer was founded in 2003 by Prevent Cancer Foundation board members and professional poker players Rafe Furst and Phil Gordon. It has raised more than $3.2 million to further the Foundation’s mission of the prevention and early detection of cancer through research, education and community outreach.  BBOC is supported by poker players who donate a minimum of 1 percent of their winnings from tournament events such as the World Series of Poker.

“The Prevent Cancer Foundation is humbled and honored by Karnjanaprakorn and Bloch’s generous donations,” said Jan Bresch Mahrer, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Foundation. “The Foundation has a long-standing relationship with the poker community and as Bad Beat on Cancer enters its seventh year, we look forward to extending that relationship even further.”

Poker players who are interested in pledging their winnings to Bad Beat on Cancer can go to the BBOC web page at www.preventcancer.org/donate3c.aspx?id=2136.

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About The 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 $113 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.

Prevent Cancer Foundation Launches Spanish Language Microsite

Monday, May 10th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 10, 2010

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tracey Young
(703) 837-3687
tracey.young@preventcancer.org

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Spanish-speaking families and communities now have a new resource to assist them in finding online information on how to reduce their risk of cancer.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation has launched a Spanish-language microsite, www.prevenciondelcancer.org, to inform and educate the Latino community on cancer prevention and early detection strategies, screening guidelines, and ways to reduce cancer risk through healthy lifestyle choices. The new site continues the Foundation’s community outreach efforts to Latinos nationwide and will eventually mirror www.preventcancer.org.

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is the second leading cause of death among Hispanics, accounting for 20 percent of deaths overall in adults. One in two Hispanic men and one in three Hispanic women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

“As the number of Latinos diagnosed with cancer increases, this site will serve as a valuable resource for getting the word out about cancer prevention and early detection,” says Carolyn R. Aldigé, founder and president of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “The Prevent Cancer Foundation is a catalyst for promoting cancer awareness and we want to provide families with these important tools so they can work together to reduce the risk of this disease.”

Information such as how to track your family history, how lifestyle behaviors can affect the risk of cancer and the Prevent Cancer Fact Sheets on eight preventable cancers (breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostrate, skin, and testicular) are also available on the site. Prevent Cancer Fact Sheets contain cancer statistics, risk factors, screening guidelines and risk reduction strategies that everyone can use to take control of their own health and greatly reduce the risk of cancer.

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About The 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 $113 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.

Prevent Cancer Foundation Raises $215,000 At Its Annual Bad Beat on Cancer Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 5, 2010

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tracey Young
(703) 837-3687
tracey.young@preventcancer.org

ALEXANDRIA, VA — A record 130 poker players from across the country brought their best game and poker faces to the nation’s capitol to raise money in support of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s programs. The Foundation raised $215,000 at its Sixth Annual Bad Beat on Cancer Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament held in the East Hall of Washington’s historic Union Station last night. After the last hand was dealt, player Jeremy Coon of Utah took the top prize – a $10,000 seat at the 2010 World Series of Poker Tournament donated by Harrah’s Entertainment.

The event was attended by top professional poker players Andy Bloch, Lee Childs, Annie Duke, Rafe Furst and Howard Lederer, Members of Congress and players from the corporate and poker community. Professional poker champion and Foundation board member Phil Gordon—renowned for his commentary on televised poker matches such as Celebrity Poker Showdown and the World Series of Poker – served as the master of ceremonies for the evening.

The tournament, sponsored by 1-800-Contacts®, Amgen, Astra Zeneca, General Dynamics, Harrah’s Entertainment Inc., Legacy, and the Poker Players Alliance, featured 10 players at each of the 13 tables vying to win in a round-robin format. The winners from each table then moved on to play in a final championship game to win the grand prize and additional prizes generously donated to the event. Gordon and the professional poker stars in attendance also held a poker clinic for first-time players and for those in need of refresher tips before the games began.

“Poker is an exciting way to bring people together to beat cancer. Many of the players in attendance realize the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s mission is important and they are more than happy to help fulfill it,” said Jan Bresch Mahrer, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation.

Since its inception in 2003 at the World Series of Poker, the Bad Beat on Cancer initiative has raised more than $3.2 million to fund the Foundation’s mission: the prevention and early detection of cancer through scientific research, education, and community outreach.

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About The 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 $113 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.