Archive for the ‘News’ Category

ICYMI: October 9, 2015

Friday, October 9th, 2015


Study Finds Antioxidants Doubled Spread of Skin Cancer in Mice

THURSDAY, October 8, 2015 (The Wall Street Journal) — A new study has shown antioxidants doubled the spread of melanoma in mice—adding fresh evidence that taking antioxidant vitamin supplements may fuel the growth of cancer cells.

Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenburg have found that the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine or NAC, which is available in some nutritional supplements, doubled the rate at which malignant melanoma–the most serious form of skin cancer–spread to the lymph nodes of mice. Repeating the experiment in human cells grown in lab cups, the scientists found that cancerous skin cells inserted with NAC and vitamin E, another strong antioxidant, became better at invading adjacent tissue.

You might have also missed….

Elephants: Large, Long-Living and Less Prone to Cancer Oct 8, The New York Times

Yes, Early Breast Cancer Detection Does Matter, New Study Finds Oct 9, Forbes

Nobel discoveries on DNA repair now fueling cancer drug research Oct 8, FOX News

Indoor Tanning, Skin Cancer Rates on Rise Among Gay, Bisexual Men Oct 8, Newsweek

Platinum Award- Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare: 2015

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The Medical Marketing & Media Awards recognize exceptional contribution to healthcare by an individual, a team, an organization, association or other relevant group

Platinum Award

Carolyn “Bo” Aldigé, founder, president and CEO of the Prevent Cancer Foundation

For 30 years visionary public health advocate and humanitarian Carolyn R. (“Bo”) Aldigé has been steadfastly focused on helping save lives through cancer prevention.

Aldigé has noted that in the 1980s everyone seemed almost exclusively focused on finding a magic bullet cure for cancer. In 1985, the year after cancer claimed her father’s life, Aldigé envisioned an organization that would solely focus on cancer prevention and early detection. She founded the Prevent Cancer Foundation in memory of her father. Her vision, driven through the foundation, shifted thinking around cancer and has indeed helped save countless lives.

To date the foundation has invested nearly $140 million in research, education, advocacy and community outreach programs.

Funding has been awarded to more than 400 researchers at 150 leading academic medical centers. Many of these researchers have gone on to do great things, including work on the HPV vaccine, the breast-cancer drug Tamoxifen and LDCT lung scans.

The foundation has also developed innovative ways to reach and educate multiple audiences and its leaders work tirelessly to educate and engage lawmakers.

Aldigé’s service extends well beyond her own orga­nization. She has served on boards of directors/advisers of eight National Cancer Institute–desig­nated Cancer Centers. She’s been a C-Change member since its inception. Additionally, she serves as vice-chairman of the Global Lung Cancer Coali­tion (GLCC), sits on the executive committee of the International Digestive Cancer Alliance and is a member of the board of directors of the International Society for Cancer Prevention.

Numerous nonprofit organizations and cancer centers, as well as the National Cancer Institute, have honored Aldigé. She is the only person to have received public service awards from the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Preventive Oncology.

ICYMI: October 2, 2015

Friday, October 2nd, 2015


Feature Story

A Blood Test for Early Cancer Detection Sparks Debate

MONDAY, September 28, 2015 (Wall Street Journal) — Scientists have long dreamed of spotting cancers with a simple blood test in people who haven’t shown symptoms.

One company says that day is here—though it has yet to convince government regulators.

Pathway Genomics began marketing a blood test in mid-September that it says can detect DNA fragments linked to 10 common cancers in otherwise healthy people. Consumers can order the test directly from the company’s website by consulting with Pathway physicians and completing a questionnaire.

But many cancer experts—and competitors—say the Pathway test is far from scientifically proven and could cause unnecessary alarm.

You might have also missed…

What Would You Do If You Found Out You Had The Breast Cancer Gene Mutation? Sept 28, Self magazine

Mom of Goalie Who Died of Cancer Wants Answers on Artificial Turf Oct 1, NBC News

Breast cancer: 6 ways to reduce your risk Oct 1, CBS News

CT Scans for Lung Cancer Turn Up Few False-Positives: Study Oct 1, U.S. News & World Report

Family honors father’s legacy of service with the Prevent Cancer 5k

Monday, September 28th, 2015

** Media Advisory for October 4– Prevent Cancer Foundation 5k Walk/Run and Health Fair**

Contact: Lisa Berry

Family honors father’s legacy of service with the Prevent Cancer 5k

Annual Walk/Run encourages families to learn about cancer prevention and early detection

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The day after Keestra Smith’s 30th birthday last year, her family gathered in Washington, D.C. — but it wasn’t for a birthday party. Instead, they were running.

Keestra and her family were running together at the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s 5k to honor the memory of father, who passed away earlier that year from Cholangiocarcinoma, or cancer of the bile duct. This year, the Foundation will host its 7th Annual 5k Walk/Run and Health Fair on Sunday, October 4th at Nationals Park. Keestra and her family will be back again to encourage healthy behaviors while raising money for the Foundation’s mission of saving lives through cancer prevention and early detection.

Participants will take off from the starting line at Nationals Park for an untimed 5k walk or run. When they cross the finish line back at the stadium, they can explore a health fair featuring more than 20 community partners promoting healthy living, providing free cancer screenings and healthy snacks and entertaining youngsters in the Kids Zone. Participants can also check out the Nationals’ dugouts and take a swing in the batting cages.

“Hours before my dad passed, my family gathered around his bedside and he reminded us that life is about service,” she said.  “The Prevent Cancer Foundation provided me with an amazing opportunity to share an experience with my family that honors my dad’s triumphant spirit while working with my community to spread the importance of cancer prevention.”

The Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run and Health Fair is a family- and dog-friendly event. All dogs must be on leashes and have appropriate tags. The event will take place rain or shine. Cost of individual registration is $30, and teams are highly encouraged.

Media Availability: Keestra Smith will be at the 5k and available for interviews.

Prevent Cancer Foundation

5k Walk/Run and Health Fair

Nationals Park

1500 South Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

Sunday, October 4 at 7:45 am


ICYMI: September 25, 2015

Friday, September 25th, 2015


Feature Story

Reduced prostate screening could miss advanced tumors

THURSDAY, September 24, 2015 (CBS News) — Relaxed guidelines on prostate cancer screening may delay diagnosis and treatment of aggressive tumors, a new study suggests.

In 2011, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended against routine prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing, to curb over-diagnosis and overtreatment of prostate cancer. Since then, PSA screening has dropped by 28 percent, the researchers report.

You might have also missed…

Sandra Lee is back, says she’s ‘cancer-free’ Sept 22, USA Today This article includes a tweet from the Prevent Cancer Foundation!

“Early detection:” Woman diagnosed with lung cancer says preventative procedure likely saved her life Sept 23, Fox Now

Colorectal Cancer Sept 23, Williamson Daily News

What to know before getting the genetic test for breast cancer Sept 24, Chicago Tribune

Star-studded Hill event recognizes leaders in cancer prevention

Monday, September 21st, 2015

September 21, 2015

Lisa Berry

Sandra Lee, Dr. Siddartha Mukherjee, Sharon Percy Rockefeller and Franki Roberts receive awards from Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program (photos included)

Washington, DC – Celebrities graced the Hill on Thursday, September 17th in honor of the 23rd Annual Action for Cancer Awareness Awards. The luncheon event, hosted by the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program, attracted an audience of celebrities, diplomats and a bipartisan, bicameral group of Members of Congress and spouses.

This year’s theme, Utilizing Your Platform, was prominent as award winners were recognized for using their unique platforms to promote the message of cancer prevention and early detection. Award winners included television personality Sandra Lee, author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, President of WETA Sharon Percy Rockefeller and Congressional spouse Franki Roberts. Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation and Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program focus on cancers that can be prevented in many instances through healthy lifestyle choices and cancer screenings or detected early when treatment is most successful. Research shows that more than 50 percent of cancer cases are preventable with the knowledge we have today.

Honored for Leadership in Prevention this year:

Sandra Lee was presented the Excellence in Cancer Awareness Award for spreading awareness to a broad audience about cancer prevention and early detection following her own cancer diagnosis in May 2015. Ms. Lee is a multi-Emmy® and Gracie award-winner and an internationally acclaimed expert in all things kitchen, home and style. She is the editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee Magazine and the host of four highly-rated culinary and home entertaining programs on The Food Network, The Cooking Channel and HGTV. Ms. Lee, at age 48, initially broke the news of her breast cancer diagnosis on “Good Morning America” to anchor (and past award recipient) Robin Roberts. On that show, Ms. Lee urged viewers to stop watching the segment and “instead go schedule a mammogram,” since her own routine annual test brought the life-altering news.

Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded the Distinguished Service in Media Award for media leadership. Dr. Mukherjee is an accomplished oncologist, cancer researcher and professor. He was honored as the esteemed author of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” which was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. His book features cancer as the main character and chronicles its lifespan, taking readers on a 4,000 year journey from early discoveries to our present-day understanding of these diseases. “The Emperor of All Maladies” has educated a broad and international audience and has reignited conversations about how to best fight this formidable enemy.

Sharon Percy Rockefeller was given a Special Recognition Award for her role in translating Dr. Mukherjee’s book into film. Ms. Rockefeller has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of WETA and has been a leader in public media for more than 30 years. After being diagnosed with stage IIIB colorectal cancer in 2005, Ms. Rockefeller read Dr. Mukherjee’s book during treatment in 2011. She contacted longtime WETA production partner Ken Burns, and together, they brought the project to the American public. Ms. Rockefeller is married to former Senator John D. “Jay” Rockefeller IV of West Virginia.

Franki Roberts (Mrs. Pat Roberts, Kansas) was awarded the Congressional Families Leadership Award. Mrs. Roberts has a long-standing commitment to raising awareness and cancer prevention in her home state.  She and Senator Roberts have served as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s health awareness and cancer screening booth at the annual Kansas State Fair since his first election to the Senate in 1997. The widely attended state fair provides a perfect opportunity to educate and reach many people in the community.



Action for Cancer Award winners, L to R: Congressional spouse Franki Roberts, television personality Sandra Lee, author and oncologist Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, WETA President Sharon Percy Rockefeller.


Fox News Nationals Security Correspondent and cancer survivor Jennifer Griffin serves as Master of Ceremonies.


An emotional Sandra Lee accepts the award for Excellence in Cancer Awareness and urges the audience to go and get their mammograms.



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, 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

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 $140 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, outreach and advocacy nationwide. For more information, please visit


ICYMI: September 18, 2015

Friday, September 18th, 2015


Feature Story

Tracing the Changes in Cancer Prevention Research

FRIDAY, September 11, 2015 (USA Today) — The federal government plays an essential role in funding medical research in the United States, primarily through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). With a current budget of $29.9 billion, funding levels at NIH have been stagnant since 2003 (and have actually dropped by 22 percent, after adjusting for inflation). Cancer funding as a share of the overall NIH budget has also declined— but scientific and public health needs continue to rise.

This article was part of a supplement in USA Today titled, “The Future of Cancer Care.”

You might have also missed…

Report: Pesticide exposure linked to childhood cancer and lower IQ Sept 14, CNN

Cancer remains leading cause of death among U.S. Hispanics Sept 16, Reuters

Memo To Candidates: Support For U.S. Cancer Research Crosses Party Lines Sept 16, Forbes

How You Can Put an End to This Hidden Danger on College Campuses Sept 14, Allure

ICYMI: September 11, 2015

Friday, September 11th, 2015


Feature Story

13 ovarian cancer warning signs you should never ignore

TUESDAY, September 8, 2015 (FOX News) –The American Cancer Society estimates that about 21,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, and although it’s rare, it’s also the deadliest of all female reproductive cancers.

Unlike breast, uterine, and cervical cancers which have screenings and can be detected early, only about 20 percent of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed before they’re advanced.

You might have also missed…

Nearly 50% Of Your Testicular Cancer Risk Is Inherited
Sept 9, MSN

Consumer Blood Test to Detect Cancer Hits Market Amid Skepticism
Sept 10, Bloomberg

Cancer preventative surgery could become a thing of the past, new research suggests
Sept 10, Medical Xpress

Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities
Sept 10, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

ICYMI: September 4, 2015

Friday, September 4th, 2015


Feature Story

What to Watch for After Skin Cancer

MONDAY, August 31, 2015 (The Wall Street Journal) — Non-melanoma skin-cancer, already the most common type of cancer in the U.S., puts patients at an increased risk not only for more skin cancer, but for other potentially more serious cancers.

New research shows a sharp rise in non-melanoma skin cancers, so dermatologists and cancer groups are pushing patients who have a history of even one occurrence to be more vigilant about regular checkups. They are emphasizing the need for continued use of sunscreen, sun avoidance and protective clothing, which can help prevent future malignancies even when sun damage has already been done.

You might have also missed…

Fewer Americans skipping medical care for cost reasons Sept 1, The Washington Post

Caffeinated Coffee May Reduce Risk of Colon Cancer Recurrence Aug 28, Cure Today

Indoor Tanning and the Myth of a Healthy Tan Sept 1, U.S. News & World Report

More Evidence Agent Orange Causes Cancer Sept 3, NBC News

ICYMI: August 28, 2015

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015


Feature Story

Blood Test Could Predict Breast Cancer’s Return

THURSDAY, August 27, 2015 (Discovery News) — An experimental blood test may be able to predict whether a woman with breast cancer will suffer a relapse months before new tumors would be detectable on scans, researchers said Wednesday.

The technology, described in the journal Science Translational Medicine, works by detecting cancer DNA that circulates in the bloodstream.

You might have also missed…

More Patients Are Hearing the Words: ‘You Have Cancer — Again’ Aug 24, Associated Press

Daily dose of aspirin may cut colon cancer risk — but don’t run to the drugstore just yet Aug 26, The Washington Post

9/11 “Dust Lady,” Marcy Borders, dies of cancer Aug 26, CBS News

White House Is Pressed to Help Widen Access to Hepatitis C Drugs via Medicaid Aug 25, The New York Times