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DC Goes Pink

The DC Cancer Consortium kicked off DC Goes Pink, an initiative in the DC Metro area to fight breast cancer, at the Prince Hall Masonic Temple in Washington, DC. DC has the highest breast cancer death rates in the country. DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray launched the initiative at the event by presenting the DC Cancer Consortium with a proclamation declaring May “DC Goes Pink” month. Screening events with partners United Medical Center and the George

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The Real Value of a Nonprofit Organization

Nonprofit organizations are entities that serve needs; needs that no one else would otherwise be willing, capable, or even interested in solving. Health, poverty, domestic violence, the environment, animal cruelty, hunger, and homelessness are just some of the many worthy causes that need to be addressed. Ironically, we live in a time where our society has reached levels of economic prosperity and wealth accumulation unseen before in human history,

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DCCC Meets the Man Who Walked Across America

Over the past five years, George Throop has been traveling across America, by foot, to raise awareness and support for cancer prevention. Having been affected by cancer at age nine with the loss of his mother in 1985, he has been actively promoting healthy lifestyle changes to prevent cancer. He began his “Walk of Inspiration” in September 2009, after concluding a trip to Mexico where he traveled and volunteered for several months. His noble

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What does the immigration bill have to do with cancer? Everything.

While it is far from a done deal, the fact that the Senate actually passed an immigration bill means people are talking about this issue.  It is an important topic. And, it does relate to cancer. Regardless of what position you take on immigration, the simple point is people get cancer. People who are insured get cancer, people without insurance get cancer, citizens get cancer and illegal residents get cancer. And, cancer is scary no matter who

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Having an uncomfortable conversation with a teen about cancer? A choice that can make all the difference.

This is the issue at the heart of an interview with Dr. Anne Chuchat of the Centers of Disease Control on PBS recently. In the interview, Dr. Chuchat mentions that one of the biggest reasons that teens are not vaccinated for HPV is that parents receive mixed messages from clinicians about the vaccination. Because the cancer does not develop for decades, all too often pediatricians, nurses and others do not strongly recommend that teens get the HPV

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What do Angelina Jolie’s Breast Cancer Story and the Supreme Court Ruling Mean for the Cancer Community?

The recent ruling by the Supreme Court on patenting genes brings to mind Angelina Jolie. This may seem to be a strange analogy but it is relevant. While women with mutations in the genes BRCA1 or BRCA2 are much more likely to be diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer, less than one percent of women actually have the mutation (according to the National Cancer Institute). This means most women do not need testing. The diagnostic test offered by the

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Wake Up Call: Breast Cancer and DC Budgets

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="WUSA 9 Interview with Natalie Williams"][/caption] As we enter October, breast cancer awareness activities abound. It’s a time we focus on those who are fighting breast cancer and those who lost the battle. The news last week from former Ward 8 candidate Natalie Williams that she soon will be undergoing double mastectomy was particularly jarring.  Despite that serious diagnosis, it was uplifting

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Latino Kickoff

Responding to an American Cancer Society report that cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics in the United States, DC Cancer Consortium launched called LATINO, which stands for “Let’s Act Together in New Opportunities”. The initiative is designed to increase awareness of cancer and prevent death from the disease among the Hispanic population in the Washington metropolitan area. The new initiative kicked off off at a reception,

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Lung and Oral Cancers: Taking Their Toll

Lung cancer is a notorious and high-profile killer in the District. But oral cancer is waging a stealth attack. Just ask Dr. Emanuel Finn, Chief of the Division for Oral Health.  Dr. Finn spoke at our members meeting last year about the impact tobacco smoking can have on oral cavities as well as our lungs.  The riveting photos of oral cancer and the small, but growing, numbers of cases in the DC area Dr. Finn shared with us compelled the tobacco

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