Laurels Awards

The Latin name for the Bay Laurel plant, laurus noblis, is derived from the word “to praise” or to be renowned or famous. The laurel has long been a symbol of tribute, honor, victory, merit and reward. In Ancient Rome, heroes among the athletes, generals, emperors and poets received a wreath of laurels as homage to their service and accomplishments.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation created the Cancer Prevention Laurels in 2003 to recognize and celebrate innovators and leaders in the fight against cancer. View our past Cancer Prevention Laurels recipients.

Awards are made in the following three categories to recognize work in any field of cancer prevention and early detection:

  • Cancer Prevention Laurel for National Leadership: Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in cancer prevention and early detection at the national level.
  • Cancer Prevention Laurel for Advocacy: Awarded to an individual whose personal passion for improving cancer prevention or early detection has resulted in positive change in the public, professional or political arena.
  • Cancer Prevention Laurel for Dedication to Community Service: Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated unwavering commitment to enhancing cancer prevention or early detection on the community level.

Share this letter with your colleagues to submit outstanding individuals for a Laurel. 

You may make one or more nominations in any or all of the categories. Provide a brief letter for each nomination describing why the nominee should be recognized with a particular award and include a short biographical sketch. E-mail your questions to Lisa Han at Stay tuned for information to submit 2017 nominations.