Posts Tagged ‘cancer prevention’

ICYMI: April 17, 2015

Friday, April 17th, 2015


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Use of E-Cigarettes Rises Sharply Among Teenagers, Report Says

THURSDAY, Apr 16, 2015 (The New York Times) — Kenny, a high school senior in Weston, Fla., likes to puff e-cigarettes during debate practice. Tom, a sophomore in Westchester County, takes them to track practice. Joe, a senior in Jackson, Miss., uses them in the morning before class as a coffee-flavored way to pass the time.

E-cigarettes have arrived in the life of the American teenager.

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Taylor Swift and Rita Wilson Share Stories to Encourage Early Detection

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Singer Taylor Swift and actress Rita Wilson both shared some difficult and personal news – both have been recently affected by cancer. Wilson had a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer, and Swift’s mother was diagnosed with cancer. Both women used their announcements to encourage others to get screened.

Swift posted this message on her Tumblr account to announce her mother’s diagnosis:

“For Christmas this year, I asked my mom that one of her gifts to me be her going to the doctor to get screened for any health issues, just to ease some worries of mine. She agreed, and went in to get checked… The results came in, and I’m saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer… She wanted you to know because your parents may be too busy juggling everything they’ve got going on to go to the doctor, and maybe you reminding them to go get checked for cancer could possibly lead to an early diagnosis and an easier battle… Or peace of mind in knowing that they’re healthy and there’s nothing to worry about… I hope and pray that you never get news like this.”

Wilson, in an exclusive interview with People, announced she was diagnosed with breast cancer and has undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.

“Last week… I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction for breast cancer after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma. I am recovering and most importantly, expected to make a full recovery. Why? Because I caught this early, have excellent doctors and because I got a second opinion. I have had an underlying condition of LCIS, (lobular carcinoma in situ) which has been vigilantly monitored through yearly mammograms and breast MRIs… I was relieved when the pathology showed no cancer. However, a friend who had had breast cancer suggested I get a second opinion on my pathology and my gut told me that was the thing to do. A different pathologist found invasive lobular carcinoma. His diagnosis of cancer was confirmed by, yet, another pathologist. I share this to educate others that a second opinion is critical to your health. You have nothing to lose if both opinions match up for the good, and everything to gain if something that was missed is found, which does happen. Early diagnosis is key.”

When detected early, certain types of cancer are highly treatable. Get timely screenings and encourage loved ones to do the same. Learn more about cancer prevention to Stop Cancer Before It Starts!

ICYMI: April 10, 2015

Monday, April 13th, 2015


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Taylor Swift’s mother has cancer and wants you to tell your mom to get screened, too

THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 (The Washington Post) — Taylor Swift asked for an unusual Christmas present last year: She wanted her mother, Andrea Finlay, to go to a doctor to “get screened for any health issues.” On Thursday, Swift said that the results of those screenings came back, and that her mom “has been diagnosed with cancer.”

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ICYMI: April 3, 2015

Friday, April 3rd, 2015


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How We’re Failing at Preventing Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Apr. 1, 2015 (TIME) — You have to know your enemy in order to defeat it, and in cancer’s case, we know quite a bit about how to keep tumors from growing. But how well are we exploiting this knowledge?

The latest report, published Wednesday morning, from the American Cancer Society lays out the major risk factors for cancer, along with the screening strategies we have in place and documents whether people have been avoiding risky behaviors and complying with screening guidelines.

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Prevent Cancer Foundation Founder Selected as 2014 Citizen of the Year

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

June 25, 2014

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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.


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.

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