Prevent Cancer Foundation Launches National Colorectal Cancer Screening Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 1, 2011

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

(ALEXANDRIA, VA)—In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is launching the Screening Saves Lives Challenge on March 1. The Challenge is a national competition for community based organizations to submit their best ideas for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening initiatives. The first prize winner will receive a $5,000 grant and a site visit from the Prevent Cancer Super Colon™, a 20-foot interactive educational exhibit, to enhance local CRC awareness efforts.

Organizations that enter must encourage their communities to vote online for their projects beginning April 12. The project that receives the most votes will move on in the competition to be judged by a selection committee and the final winner will be announced on May 6.

“Colorectal cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed in the United States and one of the most preventable,” says Suzette Smith, Director of Partnerships for Colorectal Cancer Screening. “I think that Screening Saves Lives will educate individuals and help community organizations share the message about CRC screening.”

The Screening Saves Lives Web site contains community discussion boards, learning tools and sharing opportunities that will raise awareness and promote an open dialogue about CRC. To learn more, visit www.screeningsaves.org or call Suzette Smith at (703) 837-3695.

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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.