Archive for June, 2011

Prevent Cancer Foundation Lauds Scientific Finding Identifying Order of Cancer Mutations

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Discovery could lead to earlier detection and personalized cancer treatment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 29, 2011

MEDIA CONTACT:
Eileen Sexton
(703) 837-3691
eileen.sexton@preventcancer.org

(Alexandria, Va.)—The Prevent Cancer Foundation applauds the latest findings in the July issue of Cancer Discovery, an American Association for Cancer Research journal, reporting that a collaboration of scientists has now identified the actual sequence of mutations that lead to precancerous lesions and others that produce invasive carcinomas.  The study, Temporal Dissection of Tumorigenesis in Primary Cancers, represents a critical step in personalizing cancer treatment and earlier diagnosis.

The Foundation is encouraged by the discovery and believes that these scientific findings could potentially lead to greater understanding of cancer prevention and early detection. “Understanding genetic malfunctions is a critical step and could lead to great advances in personalizing cancer treatment,” said Carolyn Aldige, President and Founder, Prevent Cancer Foundation, www.preventcancer.org. “It could also mean that many more cases of cancer are diagnosed at earlier stages, when the chance of a successful treatment outcome is markedly higher.”

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About The Prevent Cancer Foundation:
The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, the Foundation has provided more than $125 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach nationwide. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.

Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Cervical Cancer Web Site Receives Excellence Award From International Academy of Visual Arts

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 28, 2011

MEDIA CONTACT:
Liona Chan
(703) 519-2107
Liona.Chan@preventcancer.org

(Alexandria, Va.) – The Prevent Cancer Foundation’s cervical cancer web site Confess!, confess.preventcancer.org, received a 2011 Communicator Award of Excellence as part of the 17th Annual Communicator Awards. Confess!, dedicated to promoting cervical cancer awareness, educates and emphasizes the importance of early screening. The site won the award for health and wellness in the “Interactive Multimedia” category for surpassing industry standards with its innovative design. Entries are judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA), a member organization that includes more than 500 professionals from various media, communications, advertising and marketing firms.

Confess! engages users by inviting them to anonymously submit funny or unusual personal anecdotes, which are displayed as post-it notes tacked onto a virtual bulletin board. Users can scroll through the site to read stories, educate themselves about cervical cancer screening and find other resources to learn more. Despite all the experiences that are posted, Confess! assures women that not getting screened is most foolish, and users who post on the site are encouraged to take a pledge to get screened.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said Karen J. Peterson, VP of Programs at the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “Confess! is a terrific way for young women to have fun while learning about how to prevent cervical cancer. It’s one of the many interactive educational resources that the Foundation offers, to encourage people to adopt healthy behaviors.”

The Communicator Awards receives thousands of applicants each year and is one of the largest and most prestigious international awards programs to recognize creativity and progress among communications professionals.

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About The Prevent Cancer Foundation:
The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, the Foundation has provided more than $125 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach nationwide. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.

Prevent Cancer Foundation Endorses Tanning Bed Cancer Control Act

Monday, June 27th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 24, 2011

MEDIA CONTACT:
Liona Chan
(703) 519-2107
Liona.Chan@preventcancer.org

(Alexandria, Va.)—Today, the Prevent Cancer Foundation endorsed legislation that would initiate an effort to increase regulation of indoor tanning beds, which have been proven to greatly increase the likelihood of developing melanoma. The Tanning Bed Cancer Control Act, H.R. 1676 would charge the FDA with reviewing classification of tanning beds from Class I medical devices, which includes cotton balls and Band-aids, to a known carcinogen along with tobacco smoke, asbestos and uranium. This legislation would also address the need to limit the amount of radiation that an ultraviolet tanning lamp could emit and limit the approved amount of time that a person could be exposed to UV radiation at that level.

A broad body of evidence has indicated that tanning bed use exponentially increases the likelihood of developing melanoma, the most common serious form of skin cancer. Melanoma incidence rates have been increasing for at least 30 years and 70,000 people are expected to be diagnosed this year.

“As a practicing dermatologist, I am seeing more and more cases of melanoma and skin cancer each year caused by overexposure to UV rays. There is the growing body of evidence that links exposure to UV radiation from indoor tanning devices with an increased risk of skin cancer,” said Dr. Darrell S. Rigel, Prevent Cancer Foundation Medical Advisory Board Members and clinical professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.

“Young men and women need to understand that tanning is equivalent to smoking.  The more you do of it, the greater the risk of getting skin cancer later in life. Increased regulation of these devices, coupled with continued education through professionals and non-profit health organizations like the Prevent Cancer Foundation can help reduce incidence.”

The performance standards of tanning beds, such as the strength of the UV rays emitted and the recommended amount of time a consumer should remain in the bed, have not been updated since 1985. The Prevent Cancer Foundation will continue to advocate for this important legislation as it could potentially help reduce the incidence of skin cancer.

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About The Prevent Cancer Foundation:
The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, the Foundation has provided more than $125 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach nationwide. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.