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Educating the public about screening and vaccination options

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Sharing lifesaving information with all populations and serving as a trusted advisor, especially to medically underserved communities.

HPV-associated cancers. Colorectal cancer. Breast cancer. Lung cancer. We understand that earlier diagnoses and better outcomes are achievable only if we talk about hard topics and encourage others to do the same.

Cancer prevention and early detection education has been and continues to be at the heart of our mission, particularly for populations who don’t have access to the knowledge and tools available.

Today, there are many advances and tools for early detection, but they are not always sought out or utilized due to lack of awareness. By increasing public awareness of screening and prevention options and educating people on how they can seek out available technology, we can increase early detection of cancer—and increase the chances for successful treatment. From low-dose CT screening for lung cancer, to vaccinating against HPV, to improving access to more screenings for cancers such as colon and breast cancer, we are committed to raising public awareness of the screening tests that can save lives.

One way we do this is by partnering with celebrities and online influencers who are passionate about our mission and use their platforms to spread our important message. With their help, we reach new audiences with  actionable information they need.

From educational campaigns that encourage you to “Check Your Mate” for signs of breast, skin, testicular or other cancers, to those that address the increase in colorectal cancer among young people, we share lifesaving information with all populations and serve as a trusted advisor to medically underserved communities.

“Without the Prevent Cancer Foundation, I would not have done a self-check—in fact, I wouldn’t be here today. I have a new lease on life, and I have the Prevent Cancer Foundation to thank for that.”
—27-year-old cancer survivor Steven Eisner, who found his testicular cancer after learning how to self-check from the Prevent Cancer Foundation

Spotlight: Vaccination Education

Increasing Cancer Prevention Through Vaccination

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the leading cause of cervical, oropharyngeal, anal, vaginal, vulvar and penile cancers. Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are the leading causes of liver cancer. And yet few people understand the link between these viruses and cancer—or that vaccination against HPV and hepatitis B, and testing and treatment for hepatitis B and C, significantly reduce the risk of related cancers. This lack of understanding has left many Americans at risk of debilitating–and lethal–preventable cancers. In 2016, the Prevent Cancer Foundation launched Think About the Link®, a prevention and education campaign to spread the message about the link between certain viruses and cancers. Through celebrity spokespeople and culturally sensitive materials available in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, we educate the public on the ways to protect yourself against these viruses and  prevent cancer. Our goal is to increase screening for the viruses, increase immunization rates for HPV and hepatitis B and raise awareness of and access to available treatment options for hepatitis B and C. In just four years, we’ve contributed to:

  • 15% increase in parents who have had their children vaccinated against HPV
  • 8% increase in health care professionals who recommend the HPV vaccine to all their patients
  • 5% increase in Asian patients (who are at increased risk of hepatitis B) who have been vaccinated for hepatitis B
  • 7% increase in health care professionals who recommend the hepatitis B vaccine to all their patients
  • 8% increase in health care professionals with hepatitis C patients who say their patients ultimately received treatment
  • 8% increase in health care professionals who indicate their baby boomer patients are aware they are at increased risk of cancer caused by hepatitis C

Imagine with us

Reduce cancer deaths by 40%

We are setting bold goals. Let's dare to imagine a world where no one dies of cancer.