Archive for January, 2011

Prevent Cancer Foundation Announces 2011 Community Grant Recipients

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

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January 20, 2011

(Alexandria, VA)—On January 10, the Prevent Cancer Foundation awarded $85,000 in grants to nine organizations located in communities across the country in support of cancer prevention initiatives. Through the 2011 Community Grants program, two grantees received $25,000 one-year grants and seven groups were awarded $5,000 grants. From free skin cancer screenings to an educational musical revue, a diverse range of programs and projects are represented that are unique not only in their promotion of preventive measures and education, but also in their emphasis on overall wellness in a culturally relevant way.

“The Prevent Cancer Foundation is committed to supporting community organizations that reach those most in need of life-saving cancer prevention and early detection education and screening services,” says Carolyn R. Aldigé, President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “Targeting underserved populations at the grassroots level is one of the cornerstones of the Foundation’s mission.”

Launched in 2006, the Community Grants program is currently funding its third cycle of grants. Thirty-two organizations from around the country applied for the awards, and the grantees were chosen through a panel review process.

For more information on the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Community Grants Program, visit our Web site at www.preventcancer.org.

2011 Community Grant Award Recipients:

Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center, Inc. (Sarasota, FL)—“Turning the Tides on Colorectal and Prostate Cancer” will provide colorectal and prostate cancer education while promoting preventive behaviors among medically underserved Hispanics and African Americans in two counties. ($25,000)

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (Anchorage, AK)—The organization will promote healthy lifestyle choices and nutritional habits among Alaska native youth at risk for obesity by developing and distributing workbooks that emphasize traditional foods and activities. ($25,000)

Peak Vista Community Health Centers (Colorado Springs, CO)—Grant money will be used to help support the organization’s annual no-cost skin cancer screening event that emphasizes early detection and prevention education. ($5,000)

Linda Creed: Fighting Breast Cancer with Heart (Philadelphia, PA)—This project will provide culturally competent breast health education for low-income and underinsured African American and lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. ($5,000)

The Skin Cancer Institute at the Arizona Cancer Center (Tucson, AZ)—“Hats On” aims to educate parents on sun safety habits for their babies and themselves through the distribution of sun safety gift bags at periodic doctor checkups. ($5,000)

Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center (Nashville, TN)— “Cancer Queens: a Cancer Prevention Musical Revue” will use song and dance to educate women over 35 on cancer prevention and healthy living, in communities across the state. ($5,000)

Upstate Prostate Cancer Alliance (Easley, SC)—The alliance will work to educate African American males about prostate cancer awareness through presentations and survivor testimonials. ($5,000)

Gilda’s Club South Florida (Fort Lauderdale, FL)— “Women of Color: Raise the Roof on Breast Cancer” works to reduce the disparity in breast cancer deaths among African American women by creating an ongoing dialogue and promoting outreach, education and early detection. ($5,000)

The Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Costa Mesa, CA)—Providing breast health and cancer education for Hispanic women, the organization aims to reduce late-stage breast cancer diagnoses and mortality at the local level. ($5,000)

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About The Prevent Cancer Foundation
The Prevent Cancer Foundation was founded 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 $120 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 500 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.

Know The UV Index In Your Area

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause immediate and long-term damaging effects, such as sunburn, skin cancer and cataracts. Developed by the National Weather Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities to prevent overexposure to the sun’s rays.

More specifically, the UV Index provides a daily forecast of the expected risk of overexposure to the sun. The Index predicts UV intensity levels on a scale of 1 to 11+, where 1 indicates a low risk of overexposure and 11+ signifies an extreme risk. Calculated on a next-day basis for every ZIP code across the United States, the UV Index takes into account clouds and other local conditions that affect the amount of UV radiation reaching the ground in different parts of the country.

By knowing the daily UV Index levels in your area, you can take the precautions necessary to reduce your skin cancer risk and live a healthier lifestyle. To check the levels in your area, enter your ZIP code below:

Take Our Quiz

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Skin cancer is the single most common cancer in the U.S. One in five Americans will get it in their lifetime. Test your skin cancer knowledge with this quiz we created with Darrell Rigel, M.D., professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine and member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board.