$50 buys 1 woman screened for and educated about cervical cancer.
Prevent Cancer Foundation
The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is the only U.S. nonprofit organization solely dedicated to cancer prevention and early detection.
- Funding research that helps increase insight into the diseases and allows us to understand how to prevent cancer or detect it early, when successful treatment is more likely;
- Educating people about how they can prevent cancer and detect it early through healthy lifestyle choices, vaccinations and medical screenings;
- Reaching out to communities through programs that allow us to fund nationally and act locally. By empowering those who know their communities best, we are able to help implement lifesaving cancer prevention and early detection programs that benefit all populations, especially the medically underserved;
- Engaging lawmakers and regulators through education and advocacy to promote the enactment of laws and regulations that support cancer research and prevention. We amplify our impact by working both individually and as part of a community of grassroots advocates and advocacy organizations.
The Foundation focuses on 9 cancers with guidelines for prevention and screening determined by the US Preventive Services Task Force USPSTF: breast, cervical, colorectal, liver, lung, oral, prostate, skin and testicular.
Below are a few examples of our work extending across the U.S. and around the world.
¡Celebremos la Vida! ® (Let’s Celebrate Life!)
Now in its 23rd year, ¡Celebremos la Vida! is a trusted breast and cervical cancer education and screening program for medically underserved Latinas over the age of 40 in metro Washington, D.C., (including suburban Maryland and Virginia) and McHenry County, Illinois. The purpose of the program is to provide lifesaving services to women who, because of language barriers, lack of insurance and residency status, are unable to access other programs.
The strength of Celebremos comes from its strong partnerships with medical and community-based groups, including the Spanish Catholic Center and Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center in metro Washington, D.C., and the Family Health Partnership Clinic in Woodstock, Illinois. Through these partnerships, Celebremos provides free education and screening, and all necessary medical follow-up and treatment are provided for free or at a greatly reduced cost.
Think About the Link®
Think About the Link® is a multi-year prevention education campaign advancing awareness of the connection between cancer and viruses.
Dialogue for Action® on Cancer Screening and Prevention
The Dialogue for Action® is an annual national conference committed to realizing the lifesaving potential of cancer screening for all communities. Dialogue convenes a diverse group of cancer-screening stakeholders: primary-care clinicians, medical specialists, survivors and advocates, researchers and health educators, representatives of the biopharmaceutical and diagnostic industries, third-party payers and staff from public health agencies on the national, state and county levels.
Prevent Cancer Foundation Super Colon ®
The Prevent Cancer Foundation Super Colon®, a 20-foot long, 8-foot high, inflatable replica of a human colon, illustrates for visitors the differences between healthy tissue, colon diseases and various stages of colorectal cancer. The Super Colon is the first of its kind and teaches about risk factors, symptoms and screening and treatment options for the second-leading cancer killer of Americans. Super Colon venues are as varied as state fairs, cancer centers, community hospitals, public spaces, health fairs and shopping malls.
Research Grants & Fellowships
The Prevent Cancer Foundation supports research grants and fellowships for cancer prevention and early detection and community grants for cancer screening or education projects on the local level. The grants and fellowships selection process utilizes a research proposal review system similar to that of the National Institutes of Health. Members of the review panel are drawn from outstanding institutions such as:
- National Cancer Institute
- Lombardi Cancer Center
- M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
- Weill Cornell Medical College
- Fox Chase Cancer Center
- Johns Hopkins University
Community Grants Program
The Prevent Cancer Foundation® supports educational programs or services focused on cancer prevention and early detection, especially those in underserved communities across the United States. Annual funding priorities reflect the Foundation’s goals and direction.
The Foundation has provided support for a rich diversity of activities to encourage cancer prevention education and screening. Funded projects include educational outreach in Indian Country, a website focused on awareness of male breast cancer, distribution of sun hats for babies in Arizona, “edutainment” outreach of the “Cancer Queens! A Musical Revue” for cancer awareness in Tennessee and breast and cervical cancer education and screening to uninsured women in many states across the country.
The advocacy newsletter provides up to date information on relevant state and federal advocacy, policy and regulatory topics. One goal of the newsletter is to inspire local grassroots advocates to act on various pieces of legislation or issues, using materials provided by the Prevent Cancer Foundation® to make these actions turnkey. The newsletter also provides breaking cancer prevention and early detection news, TAP (Talk. Advocate. Prevent.) blog posts, and opportunities for stakeholders to become engaged in Prevent Cancer Foundation’s advocacy opportunities.
Prevent Cancer Foundation has expanded to provide awareness and outreach across the globe. Recently international funding has been awarded to groups providing cancer prevention and early detection education and/or cancer screenings. The Foundation also funds Technology Transfers providing scientists from around the world the chance to travel to a U. S. institution and study under the world’s experts in their fields of oncology.
Breast Health Education
Prevent Cancer Foundation offers a free Breast Health Education facilitator’s guide to increase young women’s knowledge about breast cancer and to encourage their commitment to lifelong breast health.
Program participants are empowered to in turn educate their female relatives and encourage them to have routine screening for breast cancer.