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ICYMI: Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday, March 27th, 2015

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Angelina Jolie Pitt: Diary of a Surgery

TUESDAY, Mar. 24, 2015 (The New York Times) — TWO years ago I wrote about my choice to have a preventive double mastectomy. A simple blood test had revealed that I carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. It gave me an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. I lost my mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer.

I wanted other women at risk to know about the options. I promised to follow up with any information that could be useful, including about my next preventive surgery, the removal of my ovaries and fallopian tubes.

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Prevent Cancer Foundation awards $250,000 grant to cancer prevention researcher

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Funds support Andrew Dannenberg, MD in research of critical blood test

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Prevent Cancer Foundation has awarded a research grant to Dr. Andrew Dannenberg, Associate Director of Cancer Prevention at the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center and the Henry R. Erle, M.D.-Roberts Family Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dannenberg and his team will attempt to validate a blood-based signature of fatty tissue inflammation in the breast. This promising project could be a step toward developing a blood test that identifies women who are at increased risk of developing breast cancer.

Dannenberg’s lab has long been exploring the relationship between inflammation and cancer. In recent work, he has used mice and human breast tissue samples to establish a link between obesity, inflammation and aromatase, a key enzyme involved in the production of estrogens. This is one of multiple potential mechanisms by which inflamed fat may increase the risk of breast cancer.

“We are grateful for the important investigations Dr. Dannenberg has been involved in to date and are pleased to be supporting his research with this two-year grant,” said Carolyn Aldigé, President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “It is exactly this type of high-risk, high-reward study that could lead to the next big breakthrough in cancer prevention and early detection.”

This two-year grant, the largest in the Foundation’s 30-year history of funding research, is made possible from funds raised during the Awesome Games Done Quick speedrunner video game marathon this past January.

About the Prevent Cancer Foundation:
Founded in 1985, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is one of the nation’s leading voluntary health organizations and has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided $138 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, outreach and advocacy across the country.

For more information, visit www.preventcancer.org

 

Prevent Cancer Foundation applauds CMS decision

Friday, February 6th, 2015

On Thursday, February 5, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued their final decision requiring Medicare to cover low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screenings for at-risk beneficiaries meeting certain criteria. The Prevent Cancer Foundation applauds this decision, which will allow health care professionals to detect lung cancer earlier and save lives.

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Foundation’s Board Chair and Team at PwC Receive Malcolm Baldrige Award

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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Scott McIntyre, PwC’s Global and U.S. Public Sector Leader, Takes His Company to the Top

(Alexandria, VA) – The Prevent Cancer Foundation is honored to recognize the Chairman of our Board of Directors, Scott McIntyre, and his Global and U.S. Public Sector team at PwC for receiving the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. This award, which was established by Congress, recognizes PwC’s Public Sector Practice for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.
“I’ve run our Foundation for nearly 29 years, and I know how hard it is to please everyone. While leading the Foundation, Scott has simultaneously led his team at PwC to achieve 100 percent customer satisfaction. It’s hard for me to imagine achieving perfection in that environment,” said Carolyn Aldigé, President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
The Foundation congratulates Scott and his team at PwC on this distinguished recognition.

To learn more, visit: www.pwc.com/publicsector.

About the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award was established in 1987 and is not given for specific products or services. Since the first group was recognized in 1988, 105 awards have been presented to 99 organizations (including six repeat winners). The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, managed by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in cooperation with the private sector, raises awareness about the importance of performance excellence in driving the U.S. and global economy; provides organizational assessment tools and criteria; educates leaders in businesses, schools, health care organizations, and government and nonprofit organizations about the practices of national role models; and recognizes those role models with the Baldrige Award.

For more information, including profiles of the 2014 Baldrige Award recipients, go to http://www.nist.gov/baldrige.

About The Prevent Cancer Foundation

Founded in 1985, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is one of the nation’s leading voluntary health organizations and has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided $138 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and outreach programs across the country.

 

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Supports Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2014

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

Prevention Measures for Lung Cancer Take Center Stage
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Supports Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

(Alexandria, VA) Medicare recipients received welcome news today. After months of lobbying from cancer patient and advocacy organizations, including the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a draft decision requiring coverage of low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screening for at-risk beneficiaries. Prevent Cancer Foundation President and Founder Carolyn Aldigé states that “CT lung scans are proven, effective screening measures that save lives. We have long advocated for these services to be available to individuals at high risk for lung cancer and we are pleased to see that CMS has made this decision.”

Last April, the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) stated that they would not recommend payment for CT lung scans. Many in the cancer community fiercely advocated against such a position. Medicare coverage for CT lung scans is critical because lung cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women, killing approximately 160,000 Americans each year. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) estimates that a minimum of 20,000 lives can be saved each year through these screenings. Yet, with a price tag of $300 to $400, such life saving services would have simply been out of reach for many older Americans.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation is grateful that CMS determined that “the evidence is sufficient to add a lung cancer screening counseling and shared decision making visit, and for appropriate beneficiaries, screening for lung cancer with low dose computed tomography (LDCT), once per year, as an additional preventive service benefit under the Medicare program only if all of the following criteria are met…” The full criteria and decision can be reviewed on the CMS website.

This decision follows a similar recommendation from the USPSTF in December 2013 for CT lung cancer screening for current and former heavy smokers between the ages of 55 and 80.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation joined the Lung Cancer Alliance, the American College of Radiology, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, along with nearly 100 other partners in submitting recommendations to CMS that are aligned with the draft decision.

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About The Prevent Cancer Foundation

Founded in 1985, Prevent Cancer Foundation is one of the nation’s leading health organizations and 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.

Prevent Cancer Foundation Welcomes New Members of Medical Advisory Board

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 16, 2014

CONTACT:
Lisa Berry
(703) 519-2107
Lisa.Berry@preventcancer.org

(Alexandria, Va.)-The Prevent Cancer Foundation is pleased to welcome Rachel Brem, M.D. and Derek Huffman, Ph.D. to its Medical Advisory Board. Prevent Cancer’s Medical Advisory Board works to update and review important information related to cancer prevention and early detection that is shared with the public.

Dr. Brem is Director of Breast Imaging and Intervention at George Washington University Medical Center and Vice Chair of the Department of Radiology. Her research and clinical interests include minimally invasive breast biopsy and new technologies for the earlier diagnosis of breast cancer, including computer aided detection, molecular imaging and magnetic resonance imaging.

“I am excited to use my background in the early detection of breast cancer to assist the Prevent Cancer Foundation in sharing information that could save lives,” said Dr. Brem.

Dr. Huffman is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Molecular Pharmacology, Co-Director of the Einstein Healthy Aging Physiology Core, and a member of the Einstein Aging Center, Cancer Center and Diabetes Research Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His research focuses on the biology of aging, central insulin and IGF-1 signaling and the role of obesity and aging on cancer risk.

Dr. Huffman was a 2009 Prevent Cancer research fellowship recipient. “Prevent Cancer helped me further my research,” said Dr. Huffman, “and I look forward to playing a part in the important work the Foundation does by offering my professional opinion on developments in cancer detection and prevention.”

“We are pleased to welcome Drs. Brem and Huffman to the Medical Advisory Board, a group that is essential in achieving our vision to Stop Cancer Before It Starts!” said Carolyn “Bo” Aldigé, President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

The Medical Advisory Board includes 50 additional leaders from the medical community.

About The Prevent Cancer Foundation
Founded in 1985, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is one of the nation’s leading health organizations and 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.

Prevent Cancer Foundation Founder Selected as 2014 Citizen of the Year

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 25, 2014

CONTACT:
Rebecca Evans
(703) 837-3687
Rebecca.Evans@preventcancer.org

Rotary District 7610 recognizes Carolyn “Bo” Aldigé for her service to the community

(Alexandria, Va.)-After nearly thirty years of service, Prevent Cancer Foundation President and Founder Carolyn “Bo” Aldigé will be presented with the 2014 inaugural Citizen of the Year Award by Rotary District 7610.

The Rotary District 7610 Citizen of the Year Award is given in recognition of a non-Rotarian who exemplifies “Service Above Self.” The award recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to improving the quality of life in the community and world at large.

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.

“Aldigé has earned the respect and praise of the medical profession, state and federal government officials, her peers in other nonprofits operating in this field, and countless cancer patients throughout the country and world,” said Peter O. Knetemann, President of the Rotary Club of Alexandria.

Aldigé 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 and the American Society of Preventive Oncology and has received each organization’s public service award. She is vice-president of the Global Lung Cancer Coalition and a member of the steering committees of the International Digestive Cancer Alliance and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Project.

Rotary International is a worldwide organization that helps create positive and lasting change in communities across the country. There are 2,200 Rotarians in District 7610, encompassing the northern and eastern parts of Virginia.

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About The Prevent Cancer Foundation

Founded in 1985, Prevent Cancer Foundation is one of the nation’s leading health organizations and 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.

Prevent Cancer Foundation Hires New Managing Directors of External Affairs and Development

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 5, 2014

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

Seasoned public relations and fundraising professionals join the Prevent Cancer team

(Alexandria, Va.)-As Prevent Cancer Foundation plans to celebrate its 30th anniversary (December 2015), new senior staff have joined the management team. The Foundation is pleased to welcome Jeanne Ellinport as Managing Director of External Affairs and Liz Davey as Managing Director of Development. “Jeanne and Liz both bring invaluable nonprofit experience in marketing and communications, public relations and fundraising. They will be incredible assets to Prevent Cancer,” says Jan Bresch, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Before joining Prevent Cancer, Jeanne Ellinport spent more than 20 years in the Washington D.C. area handling communications and public relations—including outreach, strategic planning, communications, operations, media relations and social media —for all three sectors: public, private and nonprofit. Ellinport previously worked with the American Red Cross Hurricane Recovery Program, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of the National Capital Area and as a Special Assistant to President Clinton in the Office of Public Liaison. “Passion for a cause has driven my work throughout much of my career. As I’ve watched family members struggle through cancer treatments and seen firsthand what a lack of early detection can lead to, I can’t think of another cause I’d rather be working for today. I look forward to helping the organization tell its story so we see more and more survivors,” says Ellinport.

Liz Davey has over 16 years of fundraising and development experience in both voluntary health and higher education settings. Davey previously served as a State Vice President with the American Cancer Society for the National Capital area where she oversaw all operations. She also worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs serving Wake County (NC), Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Carnegie Mellon University. “I can’t imagine a more important cause to stand behind,” says Davey, “I am excited to work with Prevent Cancer staff on raising funds and promoting our message of cancer prevention and early detection.”

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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.

 

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.