Archive for November, 2013

Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program Honors Advocates for Carrying Messages of Prevention

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Department of Defense, Olympian, Journalist and Congressional Spouse Receive Awards at 21st Annual Bipartisan, Bicameral Luncheon

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November 25, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT:
Monique Smaby
(703) 837-3697
Monique.Smaby@preventcancer.org

(Alexandria, Va.) — The Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program honored journalist Andrea Mitchell, Olympian Shannon Miller, congressional spouse Landra Reid and the Department of Defense’s Healthy Base Initiative at the annual Action for Cancer Awareness luncheon on November 19 on Capitol Hill. The program’s signature event recognizes the activities of congressional spouses, members of Congress, media representatives and other advocates for their work in cancer education, awareness and prevention. Fox News Channel’s Jennifer Griffin served as the event’s master of ceremonies.

Each of the honorees were recognized for their outstanding contributions to health and cancer prevention using their respective platforms to advance the cause. The event attracts Washington’s strongest cancer prevention advocates. This year’s attendees included numerous members of Congress including Sens. Harry Reid and Patrick Leahy, and Reps. Nancy Pelosi, John Dingell, Jim McGovern and Ander Crenshaw, to name a few. Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero attended with his wife Laura Denise; other foreign diplomatic spouses included Lady Susie Westmacott of England, Rosa Djalal of Indonesia and Laura Medina-Mora of Mexico, among numerous others.

This unique awards luncheon enjoys strong bipartisan and bicameral support. For one-hour members and spouses join together to renew the commitment to Stop Cancer Before it Starts!

  • NBC and MSNBC News Anchor Andrea Mitchell—awarded the Distinguished Service in Journalism Award. Following her breast cancer diagnosis, Andrea shared her personal story with the public and turned her experience into a call to action to bring awareness to screening and early detection. For more than three decades, she has worked with numerous organizations to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.
  • Landra Reid — awarded the Congressional Families Leadership Award. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was on hand as his wife advocated for supporting cancer research. Landra was nominated by a bipartisan group of both House and Senate spouses. Her breast cancer diagnosis brought her directly into the spotlight and put her on a platform to educate others on cancer prevention.
  • Seven-time Olympian Gymnast Shannon Miller—awarded the Excellence in Cancer Awareness Award. Shannon remains most decorated gymnast of all time. She was diagnosed and successfully treated for a rare form of ovarian cancer, she uses her visibility to advocate for cancer awareness, early detection and to help women make their health a priority.
  • Department of Defense’s Healthy Base Initiative—awarded the Special Recognition Award. This new initiative is aimed at educating military and civilian personnel — and families — on healthy life habits. To help combat obesity and tobacco use, the Office of Military Community and Family Policy (Office of the Secretary of Defense) this year piloted the Healthy Base Initiative on 14 military instillations to encourage good nutrition, active lifestyles and tobacco-free living.

About the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program

The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program began in 1991 as a partnership between the Prevent Cancer Foundation and the Congressional Club, a bipartisan organization of spouses of Members of the House, the Senate, Cabinet and Supreme Court. Spouses active in the program share an interest in advancing cancer prevention, early detection and education. For more information, visit the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program page.

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 $134 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach nationwide. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.

2013 GLOBAL LUNG CANCER SURVEY MEASURES SYMPTOM AWARENESS OF BIGGEST CANCER KILLER

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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November 21, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jim Wood
(703) 837-3692
Jim.Wood@preventcancer.org

According to a recent survey investigating awareness of lung cancer symptoms and smoking prevalence, over 70% of surveyed Americans could name symptoms of lung cancer, the leading cancer killer in the U.S. for both men and women. Findings from the U.S. were broadly reflective of overall global results. For instance, in the U.S., 18% were current smokers and 56% had never smoked regularly, with American women more likely to say that they have never smoked than men (62% vs. 50%).

Annually in the U.S., over 226,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer and nearly 160,000 will die of the disease. Smoking is the most common and significant cause of lung cancer, which contributes to the stigma around the disease. People who smoke now or have a history of heavy smoking are at greatest risk for developing lung cancer, although some people may develop lung cancer who have never smoked at all.

“Patients are often diagnosed with lung cancer at a very late stage when treatment is no longer an option,” said Dr. Matthew Peters, chair of The Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC). “If we can get patients diagnosed earlier, we can treat them and save lives. That is why being aware of the symptoms is so important.”

Overall, breathlessness was the most commonly identified symptom (41% of respondents mentioned it spontaneously on average across the countries) but a similar proportion identified a cough or coughing (39% on average across the countries). Others mentioned more specific types of coughing such as coughing blood or a cough that gets worse.

When asked what the symptoms of lung cancer are, those who had never smoked appeared most aware, citing on average 2.01 symptoms. In comparison with other countries, the proportion of Americans unable to spontaneously identify any symptoms of lung cancer when asked was fairly high (26%).

The research, which was carried out by Ipsos MORI on behalf of GLCC, was conducted in 21 countries. U.S. GLCC members include the Prevent Cancer Foundation, CANCERcare, the Lung Cancer Alliance and the National Lung Cancer Partnership.

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EDITORS NOTE:
For more information or to request a full copy of the report (country specific reports are also available), please contact Emma Dewar on +44333 323 7200/+447702 898 780 or emma.dewar@roycastle.org or visit http://www.lungcancercoalition.org.

ABOUT THE GLOBAL LUNG CANCER COALITION (GLCC):
Created in 2001, the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC) is an international group of patient organizations dedicated to supporting the needs of lung cancer patients. The GLCC is also the first truly international patient alliance to promote global understanding of the burden of lung cancer and the rights of patients to effective early detection, better treatment and supportive care. By serving as the international voice of lung cancer patients, the GLCC is committed to improving disease outcomes for all.

Global Lung Cancer Coalition Honors FairWarning’s Bridget Huber with 2013 Journalism Award

Monday, November 18th, 2013

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November 15, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jim Wood
(703) 837-3692
Jim.Wood@preventcancer.org

(Alexandria, Va.)—The Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC) has selected FairWarning’s Bridget Huber as the recipient of this year’s 2013 Journalism Award for her piece “Stigma of ‘Smokers’ Disease’ Stifles Fight Against No. 1 Killer, Lung Cancer”. First runner up is Charlotte Huff, for her Slate article, “A Sick Stigma:  Why are cancer patients blamed for their illness?”

The Lung Cancer Journalism Awards were first launched by the GLCC in May 2006 to recognize exceptional journalists who have raised awareness about lung cancer, a disease that receives very little media coverage in comparison with other types of cancer. Past recipients include CBS News’ Katie Couric and Boston’s Sports Radio WEEI 93.7.

Huber’s piece illustrates the lack of public awareness and research dollars for lung cancer, the number one cancer killer of both men and women in the U.S. Huber also highlights the stigma around the disease, as well as its accelerated progression compared to other types of cancer.

“Bridget has written an outstanding piece that brings to light many of the major issues surrounding lung cancer,” said GLCC Founding Member and President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation Carolyn “Bo” Aldigé. “The GLCC commends her exceptional work in highlighting this extremely underrepresented disease.”

Gregory Sorensen, M.D., chief executive officer, Siemens Healthcare North America and Laurie Fenton Ambrose, President and CEO, Lung Cancer Alliance were also honored with a Special Recognition award for non-journalists for their piece “Ending the Stigma,” featured in the Huffington Post.

The Global Lung Cancer Coalition consists of organizations from 21 countries in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The Prevent Cancer Foundation, CancerCare, the National Lung Cancer Partnership, and Lung Cancer Alliance are the four U.S.-based GLCC organizations. The GLCC members work together and with partner organizations abroad to promote global understanding of the burden of lung cancer and the right of patients to effective early detection, better treatment and supportive care.

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ABOUT THE GLOBAL LUNG CANCER COALITION (GLCC):
Created in 2001, the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC) is an international group of patient organizations dedicated to supporting the needs of lung cancer patients. The GLCC is also the first truly international patient alliance to promote global understanding of the burden of lung cancer and the rights of patients to effective early detection, better treatment and supportive care. By serving as the international voice of lung cancer patients, the GLCC is committed to improving disease outcomes for all.

Prevent Cancer Foundation Founder Recognized for Outstanding Work in Breast Cancer

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

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November 5, 2013

Media Contact:
Liona Chan
(703) 519-2107
Liona.Chan@preventcancer.org

(Alexandria, Va.)—“Living in Pink,” a nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight against breast cancer, recently recognized Prevent Cancer Foundation President and Founder Carolyn “Bo” Aldigé with the Noel Soderberg-Evans Award in honor of her outstanding work and contributions to the cancer community over the past 28 years. Presented by DC City Councilman Jack Evans at Living in Pink’s annual luncheon, the award recognizes “a leader in the community who best exemplifies the true meaning of caring and commitment to breast cancer patients and their families.”

A 1996 Washingtonian of the Year, Aldigé founded the Prevent Cancer Foundation in 1985 in honor of her father who died from cancer. Her tireless work has helped bring prevention and early detection to the forefront in the battle against cancer. She serves on boards of directors/advisors of six National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers and as a member of the boards of the National Coalition for Cancer Research, Friends of Cancer Research and the Intercultural Cancer Council. She has been a member of C-Change (formerly the National Dialogue on Cancer) since its inception.

She also serves on committees and task forces of the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Preventive Oncology and the Coalition for a Stronger FDA. She is vice-president of the Global Lung Cancer Coalition and a member of the steering committees of the International Digestive Cancer Alliance.

Over the past 28 years, the Prevent Cancer Foundation has invested over $134 million in cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach programs nationwide. Today, it remains the only U.S. 501(c)3 nonprofit organization solely focused on cancer prevention and early detection.

Dr. Rachel Brem, M.D., Director of Breast Imaging at George Washington University Medical Center was also honored at the luncheon, and Pamela Peeke, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Correspondent of Discovery Health Television served as the guest speaker.

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About The Prevent Cancer Foundation
Founded in 1985, Prevent Cancer Foundation is one of the nation’s leading health organizations that has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $134 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach programs across the country.

For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.