Prevent Cancer Foundation® awards $400,000 in global community grants

Contact: Hayley Cooke

Alexandria, Va. – The Prevent Cancer Foundation® announced five new funding recipients for cancer prevention and early detection programs. The Foundation is proud to support these projects through its global community grants program, which focuses on delivering services and/or education to low- and middle-income countries and providing technology to advance quality screening or prevention practices.

The five awardees for 2019, located in Mexico, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Poland, are focused on increasing quality screening or education for colorectal, breast, cervical or lung cancers. The programs will have direct impact in communities where awareness, programming and resources are limited for cancer prevention and early detection.

The global community grants are made possible in part by Awesome Games Done Quick, a speedrunning video game marathon that raises funds for the Prevent Cancer Foundation®.

Here are the Foundation’s 2019 global community grant recipients:

Organization: Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (National Institute of Public Health)
Title: Feasibility of Colorectal Cancer Screening Based on Existing Primary Prevention Activities in Mexico City
Location of Project: Mexico
Award: $100,000 for one year

The program will promote awareness and provide colorectal cancer screening services in Mexico City, where colorectal cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths. This program aims to be a model for screening.

Organization: Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital
Title: Cervical Cancer Prevention Project
Location of Project: Ghana 
Award: $50,000 for one year 

The project will focus on the prevention, screening and treatment of cervical cancer for women, including those living with HIV, in northwestern Ghana. They expect to screen 4,000 women and raise awareness of cervical cancer and screening methods among tens of thousands of women.

Organization: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Title: Feasibility of Breast Cancer Screening in High-Risk Nigerian Women Using a Novel Low-Cost Device
Location of Project: Nigeria
Award: $100,000 for one year 

High-risk or symptomatic Nigerian women will be provided with breast cancer education and traditional screening methods and will also be evaluated with a new hand-held portable device called the iBreast Exam. The data from these screenings will inform future screening efforts through a partnership with the Ministry of Health.

Organization: New York University School of Medicine
Title: Smartphone-Enhanced Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment Algorithms Study Using HPV Testing in Africa (SE-CESTA)
Location of Project: South Africa
Award: $100,000 for one year 

This project will screen 2,000 women for cervical cancer using smartphone-enhanced screening practices and an mHealth patient navigation platform. The results will fill critical research gaps in the current evidence for cervical cancer screening and secondary prevention in South Africa.

Organization: Radiological Society of North America 
Title: Improving CT Lung Cancer Screening in Poland with QIBA Conformance Services
Location of Project: Poland
Award: $50,000 for one year

This country-wide project in Poland will use new cloud-based quantitative computed tomography (CT) imaging conformance certification services and CT image quality phantoms (test objects) at 16 new lung cancer screening sites to ensure that CT lung cancer screening is accurate and precise.

In addition to supporting global community grants, the Foundation funds community grants in the U.S. and has provided support to programs in 33 states, tribes and territories.

About The Prevent Cancer Foundation®

The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is one of the nation’s leading voluntary health organizations and the only U.S. nonprofit organization focused solely on cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, it has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence and fulfills its mission through research, education, outreach and advocacy.

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