States Awarded Grant for Colorectal Cancer Prevention Educational Program

Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation
Tuesday, 8 June 2004

Thanks to a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation (CRPF), CRPF will work with colorectal cancer stakeholders in Maryland, Nebraska and Ohio to help accomplish colorectal cancer screening objectives in the state comprehensive cancer control plan. The 5-year agreement totaling $1.5 million offers selected states the opportunity of technical assistance and funding for a one-year state-level collaboration among diverse colorectal cancer practitioners, administrators, educators and advocates that culminates in a Dialogue for Action conference focused on enhancing prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer in the state.

Dialogue for Action is an innovative, consensus-building and action-oriented forum that can move long-range planning to increase colorectal cancer screening rates into implementation. This is the second year of the CDC and CRPF partnership; statewide Dialogue for Action conferences funded by other means have already been held in Utah, West Virginia, and Arizona/New Mexico, with one in Michigan planned for September 2004. Last year, Colorado received the first CDC/CRPF award, and this year Maryland, Nebraska and Ohio will host Dialogue for Action conferences with the continued goal of raising screening rates in each state.

"We are pleased that the Dialogue for Action is expanding and that more states are getting involved in the advancement of colorectal cancer research and prevention. Each conference held keeps the momentum toward a healthier world community and the fight against colorectal cancer, moving in the right direction," said Carolyn Aldigé, president and founder of the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation.

For more information about state-level Dialogue for Action conferences, visit www.preventcancer.org/colorectal.

About the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation:

The Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation (CRPF), formerly the Cancer Research Foundation of America, was started in 1985 when Founder and President Carolyn Aldigé first understood the power of prevention to defeat cancer – and recognized that too few of the country's resources were used to promote cancer prevention research or education. Today, it is one of the nation's leading health organizations and has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Since its inception the Foundation has provided more than $60 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research and education programs. CRPF peer-reviewed grants have been awarded to more than 250 scientists from more than 150 of the leading academic medical centers nationwide. This research has been pivotal in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important cancer prevention and early detection strategies.

For more information, or to contact Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, see their website at: www.preventcancer.org

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