FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 1, 2016
Statement from Prevent Cancer Foundation President Carolyn R. Aldigé in Support of Obama Administration’s ‘Moonshot’ Investment in Cancer Prevention
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Carolyn R. Aldigé, president and founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, today released the following statement in support of the Obama Administration’s investment in the national “moonshot” initiative to eliminate cancer.
“The Prevent Cancer Foundation welcomes the announcement made by the White House today that outlines investment priorities in the National Cancer Moonshot. In particular, we strongly support the inclusion of prevention and cancer vaccine development, and early cancer detection as a priority.
“Too few people understand that particular vaccines and screenings can help prevent or detect cancer early. As a result, they do not take steps to protect against the transmission of many viruses and, ultimately, prevent cancer. That is why last week we launched Think About the Link™, a multi-year education campaign to increase awareness of the connection between certain viruses and cancer.
“The Cancer Moonshot Initiative offers an enormous opportunity to make greater progress in preventing cancer and drastically decrease the number of lives lost to cancer every year. The Prevent Cancer Foundation stands next to President Obama and Vice President Biden in this bold step in cancer prevention.”
About the Prevent Cancer Foundation
Since 1985, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has invested $142 million in support of cancer prevention research, education, outreach and advocacy nationwide and has played a pivotal role in developing a body of knowledge for prevention and early detection strategies. The Foundation is the only U.S. nonprofit organization solely devoted to cancer prevention and early detection. It has funded more than 450 scientists at more than 150 leading medical institutions across the country. The Foundation’s public education programs have applied this scientific knowledge to inform the public about ways they can reduce their cancer risk.