Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation Brings Interactive Cancer Exhibit to Philadelphia Aug. 30-Sept. 2
National Tour Educates Citizens About Cancer Prevention and Healthy Living
Philadelphia (August 30, 2004) -- Check Your Insides Out - From Top to Bottom, an interactive exhibit developed by the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, will make a four-day stop in Philadelphia as part of its 13-city national tour. The exhibit will be open to the public from August 30 through September 2 at the Fox Chase Cancer Center Courtyard to educate health-conscious and at-risk Philadelphia-area residents about six deadly cancers: skin, oral, breast, prostate, lung and colorectal.
"No matter your age, you should know the risk factors and symptoms for all types of cancer, and know your family medical history," said Carolyn Aldig, president and founder of the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation. "The Check Your Insides Out - From Top to Bottom Tour enables us to educate adults, students and children alike about cancer prevention, risks, early detection and treatment through an interactive format. It even helps visitors outline their family history."
The exhibit is traveling to leading cancer centers and county fairs across the country to educate about cancers that affect the body from top to bottom. Educational and interactive stations feature six hands-on learning exhibits that address the following:
- Skin Cancer: The effects of sun exposure and the damage it can do to skin
- Colorectal Cancer: A walk-through, 20-foot-long, 8-foot-high colon that shows healthy colon tissue and the various stages of colorectal cancer
- Lung Cancer: Lungs "talk" about lung-cancer facts
- Oral Cancer: A large mouth gives the scoop on oral-cancer prevention
- Prostate Cancer: Early detection tips for prostate cancer
- Breast Cancer: Breast self-exam demonstration displays
"More than 72,590 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in Pennsylvania this year and more than 29,910 residents will die from the disease," said Dr. Eric Horwitz, MD, clinical director of radiation oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. "However, research shows that up to 70 percent of all cancers could be prevented by simple lifestyle factors, such as exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, eating more fruits and vegetables, avoiding tobacco exposure and wearing sunscreen. This exhibit demonstrates that prevention is extremely important in managing your health."
The Check Your Insides Out - From Top to Bottom exhibit will be at the Fox Chase Cancer Center Courtyard, 333 Cottman Avenue in Philadelphia, and open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.
The Check Your Insides Out - From Top to Bottom Tour is brought to you by the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation and made possible through a grant by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and ImClone Systems Incorporated.
"Bristol-Myers Squibb and ImClone Systems Incorporated are proud to join the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation to urge Americans to check their insides out. This important public health message could save many lives by encouraging people to educate themselves about ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer," said Frank C. Pasqualone, senior vice president, oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
For more information and a complete schedule on the Check Your Insides Out - From Top to Bottom Tour, visit www.preventcancer.org/CYIO/.
About the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation
The Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation (CRPF) was started in 1985 when Founder and President Carolyn Aldig 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 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. Learn more about the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation at www.preventcancer.org.
Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).
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