Archive for March, 2012

Prevent Cancer Foundation Celebrates Leaders in the Fight Against Cancer At Annual Laurels Luncheon

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

March 27, 2011

Liona Chan
(703) 519-2107

(Washington D.C.)—The Prevent Cancer Foundation recognized four leaders in the cancer community at the 2012 Laurels Awards Luncheon during the 14th annual Dialogue for Action on Colorectal Cancer Screening conference. Sidney Winawer, MD, Jasit Ahluwalia, MD, MPH, MS, Ann Fonfa and Franklin Berger, PhD all received Cancer Prevention Laurels awards for their outstanding contributions to the cancer prevention field. The awards recognize their work in lifetime achievement, national leadership, advocacy and innovative programs, respectively.

Awarded the Laurel for Lifetime Achievement, Sidney Winawer, MD, is internationally recognized for his contributions to the prevention and diagnosis of colorectal cancer. Throughout his extensive career, Dr. Winawer has led groundbreaking research, served in numerous professional societies, championed many awareness and screening campaigns and still attends to cancer patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he is an attending physician and a member with tenure.

Jasjit Ahluwalia, MD, MPH, MS, recipient of the Laurel for National Leadership, has devoted the past 19 years to improving the health of high-risk populations, including underserved racial and ethnic minorities. His research has focused on nicotine addiction and smoking cessation in African American smokers. From conducting research in improving minority health to mentoring many early-career investigators, Dr. Ahluwalia’s outstanding work speaks for itself.

Recipient of the Laurel for Advocacy, Ann Fonfa is a breast cancer survivor who created the Annie Appleseed Project, an all-volunteer organization advocating for fresh approaches to cancer prevention, research and treatment. She tirelessly works on exploring and publicizing natural cancer therapies and the effects of treatment on survival and quality of life, as well as treatment efficacy, effectiveness, and adverse effects.

Franklin Berger, PhD, has led the way in promoting bold and innovative initiatives which have greatly increased colorectal cancer awareness, screening and early detection in South Carolina—earning him this year’s Laurel for Innovative Programs. Over the last 35 years he has worked both in the lab as a biomedical scientist and in local communities as an educator—bringing together colorectal cancer advocates, survivors, businesses and medical providers to work collaboratively to reduce colon cancer.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation has been honoring leaders in cancer prevention at the annual Laurels Luncheon for the past 9 years.

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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

Prevent Cancer Foundation Issues National Colorectal Cancer Screening and Awareness Challenge

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

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March 1, 2012

Liona Chan
(703) 519-2107

(Alexandria, Va.)–In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is launching the second annual Screening Saves Lives Challenge on March 1. The Challenge is a national competition for organizations to submit their best colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and awareness initiatives for their communities. The theme of this year’s Challenge is families.

Projects may range from public awareness and education to screening and patient navigation with a focus on families. 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.

“Colorectal cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed in the United States and one of the most preventable,” says Erica Childs Warner, Director of Community Outreach. “The Prevent Cancer Foundation realizes the importance of screening and awareness programs on the local level and uses the National Challenge as a way to champion grass-roots community projects.”

Community members are encouraged to support local CRC projects through online voting beginning April 12. The projects that receive 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 14.

The Screening Saves Lives website is the home base for the competition and contains community discussion boards, learning tools and sharing opportunities that will raise awareness and promote an open dialogue about CRC. To learn more, visit or call Sarah Abou at (703) 837-3682.

Since 2000, March has been National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (NCRCAM). The Prevent Cancer Foundation is proud of its work each year during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and its history of raising awareness, increasing screening rates and promoting healthy living to ultimately reducing the death toll from this very preventable cancer.

About The Prevent Cancer Foundation:
Founded in 1985, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is one of the nation’s leading health organizations that has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. The Foundation seeks to Stop Cancer Before It Starts!  Since its inception, 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