Archive for October, 2011

President and Founder of Prevent Cancer Foundation Invited to Speak at Prestigious Japanese Lung Cancer Society Annual Conference

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 25, 2011

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

Aldigé to address Japan’s oncology community on the power of advocacy in the fight against lung cancer

(Alexandria, Va.)—Carolyn Aldigé, President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, has been invited by one of Japan’s most prominent cancer organizations, the Japanese Lung Cancer Society, to speak at its 52nd Annual Meeting in Osaka, Japan in early November. Aldigé will be addressing more than 7,000 attendees on “The Power of Advocacy” and to the vitally important role advocacy plays in lung cancer research, prevention and early detection.

“Patient advocacy organizations in the United States are among the most effective in the world, and lung cancer is quickly becoming a focal point of advocacy efforts. To date, lung cancer research has been underfunded but as more and more organizations focus on increased funding for research and screening , this will change,” said Aldigé. “By raising the visibility of lung cancer advocacy worldwide, we can go a long way toward removing the stigma that if often associated with lung cancer and ensuring that patients receive the best care possible.”

The Prevent Cancer Foundation was the first U.S.-based organization to focus solely on cancer prevention and early detection, and remains the only advocacy organization in the country with this singular mission. Aldigé has become a nationally recognized leader in the fight against cancer through prevention and early detection. In 1996, she was named Washingtonian of the Year and is the only individual to receive Public Service Awards from the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Preventive Oncology.

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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.

Presenting The Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Top Rated Annual Spring Gala— Modern+Majestic=Switzerland

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 25, 2011

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

What:
The Prevent Cancer Foundation will hold its 18th Annual Spring Gala: Modern+Majestic=Switzerland, at the National Building Museum on March 9, 2012. Honored Patrons: H.E. Manuel Sager, Ambassador of Switzerland, and his wife, Mrs. Christine Sager. The Honorable Michael G. Oxley will be the 2012 recipient of the Foundation’s Cancer Champion Award. Serving as gala chair is TE Connectivity Vice President, Global Government Affairs, Joann Piccolo.

Who:
This renowned event attracts over 900 of Washington’s elite and has was honored by being named in the top 31 charitable benefits by BizBash Magazine-coming in at # 7 in their “Best of 2010” issue. Foundation board member and acclaimed celebrity-party planner David Tutera of WEtv’s “My Fair Wedding” will design the event.

Why:
Over the years, the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Annual Spring Gala has raised over $18.5 million in support of cancer research and direct service programs to medically-underserved communities. This year, the Foundation has set a fundraising goal of $1.3 million, committing 84 cents of every dollar raised to the Foundation’s programs in research, education and outreach in an effort to Stop Cancer Before It Starts!

How:
Tickets are $500 per guest or $1,000 per guest for priority guest seating. Table sponsorships are also available by calling 703-519-2103 or emailing linda.chastain@preventcancer.org. Please help the Foundation continue its mission by saving lives through cancer prevention and early detection.

For more event or sponsorship information, please contact Linda Chastain at 703-519-2103 or via email at linda.chastain@preventcancer.org.

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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.

Andrew J. Dannenberg, M.D., Honored With AACR-Prevent Cancer Foundation Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention Research

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

(Philadelphia, Pa.) — The AACR will present the 2011 AACR-Prevent Cancer Foundation Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention Research to Andrew J. Dannenberg, M.D., at the 10th AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, held Oct. 22-25, 2011. Dannenberg is director of the Weill Cornell Cancer Center and director of cancer prevention at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is also the Henry R. Erle, M.D.-Roberts Family Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dannenberg’s work has provided the basis for the transformative discovery linking obesity, inflammation and breast cancer. He is recognized for his work on the inflammation-cancer connection with an emphasis on prostaglandin biology. Dannenberg’s research has been of major importance in explaining why levels of procarcinogenic prostaglandins are increased in inflamed tissues and tumors. He has also made major contributions to our understanding of why nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs show chemopreventive activity.

The AACR-Prevent Cancer Foundation Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention Research is given annually for seminal laboratory, translational, clinical, epidemiological or behavioral science contributions to the field of cancer prevention.

Dannenberg’s significant contributions include demonstrating that COX-2 was overexpressed in a variety of premalignant lesions and cancers; elucidating the mechanisms by which oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, carcinogens and tumor promoters regulate COX-2 gene expression; utilizing both pharmacological and genetic strategies to establish the importance of targeting prostaglandin synthesis as a bona fide prevention strategy; defining the signal transduction pathways by which dietary and synthetic chemopreventive agents suppress COX-2 transcription and prostaglandin synthesis; and determining the signaling mechanism by which COX-derived prostaglandin E2 induced aromatase, the rate-limiting enzyme responsible for estrogen synthesis. This latter work led to an observational study in which the use of aspirin was associated with a reduced risk for hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.
In his most recent work that provides new insights into the link between obesity, inflammation and breast cancer, Dannenberg conducted a preclinical study in which he used experimental models to demonstrate the presence of the obesity–inflammation–aromatase axis in the mammary gland. As a result, COX-2-derived PGE2 appeared to play an important role in inducing aromatase in the mammary glands of obese mice. Subsequently, he successfully translated these preclinical findings.

Dannenberg will present his lecture, “Obesity and Breast Inflammation: Implications for Cancer Prevention,” on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at 5:15 p.m.

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The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1907, the AACR is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. The membership includes 33,000 laboratory, translational and clinical researchers; health care professionals; and cancer survivors and advocates in the United States and more than 90 other countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise from the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer through high-quality scientific and educational programs. It funds innovative, meritorious research grants, research fellowships and career development awards to young investigators, and it also funds cutting-edge research projects conducted by senior researchers. The AACR has numerous fruitful collaborations with organizations and foundations in the U.S. and abroad, and functions as the Scientific Partner of Stand Up To Cancer, a charitable initiative that supports groundbreaking research aimed at getting new cancer treatments to patients in an accelerated time frame. The AACR Annual Meeting attracts more than 17,000 participants who share the latest discoveries and developments in the field. Special Conferences throughout the year present novel data across a wide variety of topics in cancer research, treatment and patient care, and Educational Workshops are held for the training of young cancer investigators. The AACR publishes seven major peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Discovery; Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; and Cancer Prevention Research. In 2010, AACR journals received 20 percent of the total number of citations given to oncology journals. The AACR also publishes Cancer Today, a magazine for cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers, which provides practical knowledge and new hope for cancer survivors. A major goal of the AACR is to educate the general public and policymakers about the value of cancer research in improving public health, the vital importance of increases in sustained funding for cancer research and biomedical science, and the need for national policies that foster innovation and the acceleration of progress against the 200 diseases we call cancer.

About the Prevent Cancer Foundation:
The Prevent Cancer Foundation was started in 1985. Today, it is one of the nation’s leading health organizations, catapulting cancer prevention to prominence. Through healthy-lifestyle choices and screening, many cancers can be prevented. The Foundation funds research and community grants in cancer prevention and early detection and creates educational materials and programs targeted at breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostate, skin and testicular cancers. Since its inception the Prevent Cancer Foundation has provided more than $125 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach programs across the country. The Foundation has funded over 430 peer-reviewed research projects in 39 states and three in Canada, in leading research institutions. 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 ranked among the top 16 national cancer organizations for high-level national impact

Monday, October 17th, 2011

The Foundation rates highly in educational programs, leadership, advocacy and a sole focus on cancer prevention

(Alexandria, Va.)– The Prevent Cancer Foundation has been recognized by Philanthropedia, an online resource for charitable giving affiliated with Guide Star, as one of the top 16 national non-profit cancer organizations making the most significant and positive impact on cancer. The Prevent Cancer Foundation, the only national organization focused solely on cancer prevention and early detection, earned high ratings in the areas of educational programs, leadership, advocacy and cancer prevention. Experts in the field rated the Prevent Cancer Foundation in the elite 16.

“Having the Foundation, its programs and strong advocacy efforts recognized by our peers means a great deal,” said Carolyn Aldigé, President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation.  “To be chosen by this group of experts is not only an extraordinary compliment, but it signifies that although we are comparatively small in size, we are making incredible strides to Stop Cancer Before It Starts!”

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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.