• The Foundation reaches $120 million in research, education and community outreach funding and publishes the Prevent Cancer Foundation Wellness Guide that offers practical tips for a cancer-free future.


  • Save Your Skin, a skin cancer awareness and sun safety campaign is launched, complete with an interactive exhibit that allows people to see themselves 'aged' with excessive sun exposure.
  • First Guide to Preventable Cancers is produced.


  • Dr. Andrew J. Dannenberg authors a groundbreaking study that suggests women who take aspirin regularly can lower their risk of developing the most common type of breast cancer and describes Foundation funding as instrumental in his discovery.
  • The Check Your Insides Out: From Top to Bottom exhibit crosses the country, teaching Americans about cancer prevention, early detection, risk factors and treatment of preventable cancers.
  • A second Lung Cancer Workshop is sponsored to explore the use of spiral CT scans to accelerate progress in development of new drugs for early stage lung cancer.
  • Bad Beat on Cancer - the Annual Texas Hold'em Tournament - begins.


  • The Foundation Launches Project Early Awareness in partnership with Howard University to teach young African American women about the importance of breast health.


  • The Foundation helps organize the first Summit on Clinical Trials, helping to plan the future of clinical research.


  • The Foundation launches ¡Celebremos la Vida!, a breast and cervical cancer education and screening program for underserved Hispanic women.
  • The first Annual Spring Gala,a second signature event, is held attracting guests from all fields.


  • Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program is established. The program is a bi-partisan cancer prevention awareness effort with the potential to reach constituents in virtually every Congressional district in the country.
  • Foundation-funded researcher Dr. Craig Jordan conducts early research that leads to the development of tamoxifen, the first breast cancer chemopreventive drug.


  • Our first public awareness campaign, "Your Cancer Risk," is launched.


  • The Foundation begins its 25th Anniversary celebration on December 4.
  • Program funding reaches $113 million. Inaugural Step Away from Cancer™ 5K is held.
  • The Foundation partners with three other organizations to sponsor Breakaway from Cancer, part of the Amgen Tour of California.
  • An American Indian/Alaska Native version of Guide to Preventable Cancers is produced.


  • In partnership with the Step Up Women's Network, the Foundation launches the Make the Connection national campaign to promote cervical cancer awareness.


  • The first-ever Cancer Prevention Survey confirming Americans believe that cancer can be prevented is conducted.
  • The Foundation enters into a 5-year, $1.5 million cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to bring its unique Dialogue for Action program to 14 states to promote colorectal cancer screening.
  • We launch the Colossal Colon Tour to educate Americans about colorectal cancer prevention. The tour travels to 20 cities and features a 4-foot-tall, 40-footlong replica of the human colon.
  • The foundation establishes a research endowment.


  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is spearheaded by the Foundation; Congress designates March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and a Presidential Proclamation authorizes the month of observance.
  • The Millennium Lung Cancer Workshop, to jump-start early lung cancer detection, is held.


  • The Foundation launches its Web site at www.preventcancer.org


  • The Foundation starts raising research funds through its Sporting Clays Invitational, welcoming 100 participants, including members of the U.S. Congress.
  • The Foundation teams up with Washington CBS-affiliate WUSA-TV9 to educate women about breast health through the program Buddy Check 9.


  • The Foundation provides $1.2 million in research support.


  • The Foundation board meets for the first time and funds the Foundation's first cancer prevention research fellowship, at $8,000


  • The Foundation commemorates the 100th Prevent Cancer Super Colon™ National Stop.
  • The Foundation awards its first community grants.
  • Prevent Cancer Foundation enters social media space with Prostate Pete.
  • The Foundation launches Breast Health Education Facilitator's Guide and video.
  • The Foundation coordinates the first American Indian/Alaska Native meeting on colorectal cancer screening


  • Foundation provides $2.7 million in research funding.
  • The Super Colon Tour - the incredible, inflatable interactive intestine - takes to the road to educate Americans about colorectal cancer.


  • We fund Leslie Bernstein's first-ever study to provide biological evidence that exercise can reduce breast cancer risk.
  • Foundation grant funding enables Dr. Petra Wilder-Smith at the University of California, Irvine to pioneer the use of laser and ultrasound to detect cancer.


  • The Foundation leads the way in promoting colorectal cancer screening when it holds its first Dialogue for Action, a unique, interactive conference that subsequently moves to an international audience and to regions throughout the U.S. We provide $1.7 million for research projects.


  • The Foundation funds Dr. Craig Slingluff's research in the development of a of a vaccine against melanoma, an often fatal type of skin cancer,, which later proves effective in clinical trials.
  • The Mammovan, the Washington region's first and only mobile mammography unit, makes its first appearance, purchased with Foundation funding.
  • The Foundation provides $1.2 million in research grants.


  • Drs. Paul Talalay and Yueshang Zhang, Foundation-funded researchers at Johns Hopkins University, isolate sulfurophane, a cancer-preventive compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables.


  • The Foundation establishes its first named research fellowship.


  • Carolyn Aldig founds the Prevent Cancer Foundation in memory of her father, Edward Perry Richardson, who died of cancer in 1984.