April 17, 2008
Outstanding Achievement Recognized
ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Prevent Cancer Foundation honored three outstanding contributors to the cause of cancer early detection and prevention. These Cancer Prevention Laurels were presented at the Foundation’s 10th Annual Dialogue for Action in Colorectal Cancer Screening: Moving Forward Despite a Broken Health Care System, held in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 8-10.
The Dialogue for Action conference—the only national conference on this topic and of this nature—focuses on increasing colorectal cancer screening as a component of a comprehensive and coordinated cancer prevention strategy. It’s a lively, two-day forum comprised of thought leaders from across the country. The concept of this conference is to spark a dialogue, create action, and continue to make strides toward a cancer-free future. Although colon cancer remains the second-leading cancer killer, when detected early it is up to 90 percent preventable through the removal of pre-cancerous polyps. This year’s 10th annual gathering built on the successes of previous national Dialogue for Action conferences.
The Cancer Prevention Laurels are a centerpiece of the conference. The laurel is an ancient Roman symbol of tribute, honor, victory, merit, and reward. The Prevent Cancer Foundation created the Cancer Prevention Laurels to recognize and celebrate innovators and leaders in the fight against cancer.
“We are pleased to recognize these three individuals because they are devoted to the advancement of cancer prevention and early detection. Our honorees have helped keep the momentum going through their work in colorectal cancer advocacy, elimination of cancer disparities and cancer research,” said Carolyn Aldigé, president and founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
Laurels were presented by colorectal surgeon Alan Thorson, MD, Nebraska Dialogue for Action Co-Chair and President-elect of the American Cancer Society, to the following individuals:
To learn more about the 2008 Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Dialogue for Action(tm) Conference, visit: www.preventcancer.org. Conference Co-Chairs: Richard Wender, MD, Thomas Jefferson University and member of the Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board; Tim Byers, MD, MPH, University of Colorado Cancer Center; and Robert Smith, PhD, American Cancer Society. Conference Sponsors: Patron, Quest Diagnostics; Benefactor, Genentech; and Supporters, Beckman Coulter, Inc., Exact Sciences, Olympus America, Inc. and Quidel. (Sponsors have no involvement in the agenda or content of the conference.)
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Photo attached for your use. Suggested caption: (L-R) Prevent Cancer Foundation President and Founder Carolyn Aldigé, Anita Mitchell, Joseph Sung MD, PhD, Claudia R. Baquet, MD, MPH and Alan Thorson, MD.
About Prevent Cancer Foundation
The Prevent Cancer Foundation (formerly the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation) was started in 1985 when Founder and President Carolyn Aldigé first understood the power of prevention to defeat cancer – and recognized that too few of the country’s resources were used to promote cancer prevention research or education. Today, it is one of the nation’s leading health organizations and has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Through healthy lifestyle choices, you can reduce your risk of breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostate, skin and testicular cancers.
Since its inception the Foundation has provided more than $97 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach programs. The Foundation’s peer-reviewed grants have been awarded to more than 300 scientists from more than 150 of the leading academic medical centers nationwide. This research has been pivotal in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important cancer prevention and early detection strategies. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.