December 16, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Diane Tilton
Alexandria, Va. – The Prevent Cancer Foundation® announces the funding of four new cancer prevention and early detection projects in low- or middle-income countries. The Foundation is proud to support these projects through its global grants program, which focuses on assessing innovative technologies and delivering services and/or education to improve or expand quality cancer screening or prevention.
Located in Cameroon, Peru, Nigeria and Mozambique, the awardees will focus on increasing quality screening for cervical or colorectal cancer beginning in January of 2020. The projects will have direct impact where cancer prevention and early detection resources are limited.
The following 2020 global grants are made possible by Awesome Games Done Quick, a speedrunning video game marathon that raises funds for the Prevent Cancer Foundation®:
Organization: Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services
Title: Cervical Cancer Prevention among Female Sex Workers in Urban Cities in Cameroon
Location of Project: Cameroon
Award: $75,000 for one year
Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer morbidity and mortality in women in developing countries like Cameroon. This project will provide education, screening and treatment to female sex workers, who are vulnerable to cervical cancer and who are not likely to seek screening.
The project will implement an innovative model of healthcare delivery that is community-based, relying on women empowering women to be active agents of change in their own health care. This model gives women privacy and agency over cervical cancer screening, allowing 98 out of every 100 women to complete care at home.
Organization: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Title: The Efficacy and Feasibility of Fecal Immunochemistry for Colorectal Cancer Screening in Nigeria
Location of Project: Nigeria
Award: $75,000 for one year
Colorectal cancer rates in Africa are rising, but there are limited data to guide screening in the region. This project will examine the accuracy and feasibility of a commonly used, inexpensive stool-based screening test as a vital step towards developing colorectal cancer screening programs in Africa.
Cervical cancer screening remains a challenge in resource-limited settings. The project team is developing and evaluating a new cervical cancer screening test that has the potential to be low-cost and high-performance, compared with existing technologies.
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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