Archive for May, 2014

Prevent Cancer Foundation honors CVS Caremark with 2014 James L. Mulshine, MD National Leadership Award

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 29, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT:
Rebecca Evans
703-837-3687
rebecca.evans@preventcancer.org

CVS Caremark recognized for bold steps to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases

At its annual Lung Cancer Workshop in New York City, Prevent Cancer Foundation honored CVS Caremark with the 2014 James L. Mulshine, MD National Leadership Award. The company was recognized for its bold decision to discontinue the sale of tobacco products in their stores. The award was accepted by Dr. Nancy Gagliano, Chief Medical Officer of MinuteClinic of CVS Caremark.

CVS Caremark announced in February that it will discontinue the sale of all tobacco products by October 1, 2014. “We all know cigarette smoking is the most common risk factor for lung cancer, with risk significantly increasing the longer an individual smokes. Educating the public on the dangers of tobacco continues to be a crucial first step in winning the war on cancer. CVS Caremark’s courageous decision to remove tobacco products from its stores will help to reduce the incidence of lung cancer and the devastation it creates,” said Prevent Cancer President and Founder Carolyn “Bo” Aldigé in a letter to CVS Caremark’s President.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation has hosted the annual Lung Cancer Workshop since 2004, focusing on the application of high resolution computed tomography (CT) imaging data to lung cancer drug development, as well as the development of policies related to responsible, high-quality screening of high-risk individuals. This unique forum brings together key leaders in lung cancer early detection and contributes to the development of new therapies for management of early-stage disease. The Lung Cancer Workshop is co-sponsored by the Optical Society of America and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.

The inaugural James L. Mulshine, MD National Leadership Award was awarded to Cheryl G. Healton, PhD last year. The award recognized Healton’s over 25 years of tireless work in public health, specifically on tobacco control.

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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 outreach programs across the country.
For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention Encourages Everyone to Protect Your Skin Today and Every Day

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
John Antonishak
National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention
Phone: (301) 801-4422
Email: dontfryday@skincancerprevention.org

The Friday before Memorial Day is Declared “Don’t Fry Day” to Encourage Sun Safety Awareness.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — May 20, 2014 – To help reduce the rising rates of skin cancer, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention designated the Friday before Memorial Day, May 23, 2014, as “Don’t Fry Day.” Skin cancer is a largely preventable disease. Still remains the most common type of cancer in the United States, with more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in more than two million people. That’s more than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined. Melanoma, which accounts for the largest amount of skin cancer deaths, has steadily increased each year, for the last 30 years.

“As millions of Americans head outdoors for family fun on Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial kick-off to summer – “Don’t Fry Day” is an important reminder for the public to protect their skin from ultraviolet (UV) radiation while enjoying the outdoors,” said board-certified dermatologist Sandra I. Read, M.D., co-chair of the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention urges the pubic to understand how to protect themselves from the sun, and reduce their incidence of skin cancer.

Know and use your sunscreen wisely:

  • When choosing a sunscreen, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention recommends a Broad Spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher for protection from ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which contribute to premature aging, sunburn and skin cancer.
  • Sunscreen should be applied 15-30 minutes before going outdoors, and reapplied every two hours.
  • Water resistant sunscreens carry labels that indicate the length of their effectiveness. Read your label.
  •  Sunscreen should always be applied liberally, and reapplied after swimming or excessive sweating.

Generous sunscreen usage is an important way to protect your skin from the sun. However there are additional sun safety measures to help prevent skin cancer on “Don’t Fry Day” and every day:

  • Avoid sun burns, intentional tanning, and use of tanning beds;
  • Wear sun-protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses;
  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM;
  • Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand;
  • Get vitamin D safely through food and supplements.

For more information on how to protect your self from skin cancer, visit the National Council’s site at www.SkinCancerPrevention.org. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is the united voice of more than 40 organizations, associations, and agencies dedicated to reducing skin cancer morbidity and mortality in the United States. Council members represent some of the nation’s premier physicians, researchers, clinicians and advocates for melanoma and skin cancer prevention.

Prevent Cancer Foundation announces winners of fourth annual National Colorectal Cancer Screening Competition

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 13, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT:
Elizabeth Hoffler
(703) 519-2116
Elizabeth.Hoffler@preventcancer.org

The Alaska Colorectal Cancer Partnership’s video testimonials project receives top prize.

(ALEXANDRIA, Va.)—The Prevent Cancer Foundation awarded the first-place prize of its fourth annual Screening Saves Lives National Challenge to the Alaska Colorectal Cancer Partnership in Anchorage for its state-wide The Cancer I Can Prevent media campaign to increase colorectal cancer screening. The Partnership of tribal and non-tribal partners, clinics, hospitals, survivors, physicians and local non-profits is the winner of a $7,500 grant to enhance community-level colorectal awareness and screening efforts.

The project is based on research that shows that people are much more likely to get screened if they are encouraged by someone they know and trust. Building on print materials, the project will produce 8-12 short video testimonials from people who feel strongly about colorectal cancer screening and have a story to tell to encourage others to be screened. Some testimonials will tell of getting screened in spite of having fears, and all of them will help explain the process and provide emotional reasons for being committed to screening. Testimonials will be solicited throughout Alaska from people who may be familiar to many, such as a popular local athlete, a tribal leader, fisherman or teacher. The videos will be widely distributed and available online. In the first year of the campaign, the Partnership estimates reaching 7,000 Alaskans, including Alaska Natives, who have one of the highest rates of colorectal cancer in the nation.

Second-place winner Altru Health System of Grand Forks, North Dakota, will implement a fall awareness campaign focusing on “1 in 20 has colon cancer” to emphasize the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer and to reduce the number of late-stage diagnoses. The group will receive a $2,000 grant for their initiative aimed at addressing low screening rates in communities in northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. The third-place award went to The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation in White Plains, New York, for their outreach focused on the underserved Chinese American population in New York City, including new immigrants who have little knowledge of the risks associated with colon cancer and ways to prevent it. The culturally-sensitive and linguistically-appropriate health education campaign will include information on colon cancer statistics and risk factors as well as a broad view of the effect this disease has on an individual life, a family and the larger community.

All three winners will receive recognition on the Prevent Cancer blog, the Screening Saves website and in Prevent Cancer’s online and print newsletters. “Prevent Cancer is proud of all the valuable colorectal cancer projects across the country that participated in the 2014 Challenge. They all are making a great impact at the community level through education, screening and creative outreach,” said Erica Childs Warner, M.P.H., Director of Evaluation and Outreach.

ScreeningSaves.org also serves as an online community where individuals can share personal stories and experiences, try out interactive tools and learn more about colorectal cancer and screening. The Prevent Cancer Foundation thanks everyone who has joined the Screening Saves community, all of this year’s applicants and our sponsors Amgen and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

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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 outreach programs across the country.
For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.