Awesome Games Done Quick is an annual live-streamed video game marathon organized by Games Done Quick to raise funds for the Prevent Cancer Foundation®. Hundreds of all-star gamers from around the world meet to speedrun—play as fast as possible—their favorite games. People around the globe tune in online to watch the “best of the best” take on the most popular games.
Meet the experts turning your donations into action. The panel at AGDQ 2020 spotlighted a new portable breast screening device in Nigeria, cervical cancer screening devices in Peru and lung cancer screening innovations in Poland — showing how your dollars make a difference in cancer prevention & early detection.
With funds from AGDQ, we are excited to support four 2020 global grants in Cameroon, Peru, Nigeria and Mozambique. The innovative projects focus on increasing quality screening for cervical and colorectal cancer and will have direct impact where cancer prevention and early detection resources are limited.
Grantee: Alicia Allen, Ph.D.
Named Award: Awesome Games Done Quick
Position: Assistant Professor
Institution: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Project Title: A Novel Approach to Help Women of Reproductive Age Quit Smoking
Cancer Prevention Statement: Tobacco use, mostly cigarette smoking, is estimated to cause 1 out of every 3 cancers. This is of concern for women, given they are more susceptible to the harmful effects of smoking than men. Most smoking cessation medications (such as the nicotine patch) are less effective in women compared to men. Ovarian hormones (notably estradiol) may be one of the reasons why women have a more difficult time quitting smoking than men. This project will preliminarily examine the effect of Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate to help women quit smoking.
“What I witnessed as a child (smoking-quitting-relapsing cycle) and experienced as a young adult (death of loved ones due to smoking) was also experienced by many of the women I counseled. It really became very clear to me during this time that my career path was calling me to identify new ways to help women quit smoking and spare them (and their families) from the harms of smoking, namely cancer.”
Grantee: Jordana Phillips, M.D.
Named Award: Awesome Games Done Quick
Position: Assistant Professor of Radiology
Institution: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Project Title: Contrast Enhanced Mammography for Women with a History of Breast Cancer
Cancer Prevention Statement: Contrast-Enhanced Mammography (CEM) is an excellent tool to help find breast cancer in high-risk patients. Should our results confirm that CEM finds more breast cancers in women with a personal history of breast cancer with little overall risk, practices across the country may be encouraged to adopt CEM. Because CEM can be performed on regular mammographic equipment, it makes it affordable and easier to implement into any practice regardless of the geographic location or socioeconomic status of the community.
“Just like breast MRI, CEM uses a contrast agent to detect cancers that can be easily missed on regular mammograms. Unlike MRI, however, CEM can be performed on regular mammography equipment, making it more affordable and easier to implement into any practice, regardless of the geographic location or socioeconomic status of the community. To me, this translated into better imaging care for more people and I was fascinated.”
3 international grants to groups in Ghana, Kenya and Mozambique, where cervical cancer is often diagnosed in advanced stages.
International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) research grant in early treatment lung cancer.
International Cancer Technology Transfer Fellowships, in partnership with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). These fellowships allow the rapid transfer of cancer clinical technology to underserved nations in the international community, helping to reduce the global cancer burden and integrate cancer control into the world health agenda.
5 international “Leadership in Action” forums, in partnership with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), to enable leaders from across the global cancer control spectrum to strengthen cancer control by translating a global commitment into action.
A large-scale community grant to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer by improving access to screening and clinical management of cervical dysplasia (precancerous changes).