Archive for July, 2011

Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K to Raise Funds for Cancer Prevention Research

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 20, 2011

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

Runners, walkers, families, pets and “virtual walkers” all invited

(Alexandria, Va.) — The third annual Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K will be held on September 24 from 8-11 a.m. at West Potomac Park, Washington, D.C. The 5K, themed “Taking Steps, Saving Lives,” reinforces the Foundation’s mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise. The Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K, www.PreventCancer5K.org, is an opportunity for participants to raise vital funds for the Foundation’s support of cutting-edge cancer prevention and early detection research, nationwide community outreach and lifesaving educational programs. The Foundation is proud to welcome Good Morning America’s weather anchor Sam Champion as this year’s Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K Grand Marshal.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K is open to everyone, regardless of age or ability level, and participants can walk, run, jog or set their own pace. Last year, the Prevent Cancer Foundation welcomed not only members of the entire Washington metro community but also runners from across the country. For those unable to attend the Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K this year, one can register as a “virtual walker” and still help raise funds to promote cancer prevention research.

Families are encouraged to bring their children and pets, as there will be food, entertainment and activities for everyone involved. Registration is $25 per person, but a family of four can sign up as a whole for only $75. Children age 10 and under are free.

“Cancer affects us all, in some way or another. We invite the Metro DC community to join us in moving toward ways to stop cancer before it starts,” said Jan Bresch, the Foundation’s Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. “The Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K is a great opportunity for some Saturday morning fresh air and exercise with others who are coming together to support cancer prevention.”

Starting a team simply requires organizing a few friends, family members or co-workers and signing up on the web site. Upon registering, participants can create personalized donation web pages where others can contribute money, and the top individual and team earners will be awarded prizes.

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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 Encouraged by Latest Research Findings on a Chemopreventive Agent for Lung Cancer

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 6, 2011

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

Study indicates that celecoxib may lower lung cancer development in former smokers

(Alexandria, Va.)—The Prevent Cancer Foundation is encouraged by the latest findings in the July issue of Cancer Prevention Research, an American Association for Cancer Research journal, reporting that celecoxib may prevent lung cancer in former smokers.  The study, Lung Cancer Chemoprevention with Celecoxib inFormer Smokers, indicates celecoxib has significant bronchial health benefits that could potentially reverse the process that leads to lung cancer, the leading cancer killer of Americans.

The Foundation looks forward to the Phase III outcomes and the possibilities it could bring to millions. “These studies show significant promise and have the potential to save millions of lives by stopping cancer before it starts,” said Carolyn Aldige, President and Founder, Prevent Cancer Foundation, www.preventcancer.org. “For the nearly 90 million Americans who are either current or former smokers, this could mean the difference between life and death.  The only answer for current smokers, of course, is to quit smoking all together.”  

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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.