Alexandria, Va. — Prevent Cancer Foundation®, the only U.S. nonprofit dedicated solely to cancer prevention and early detection, last month brought its message to Greenville, South Carolina. The Foundation’s mission is saving lives across all populations through cancer prevention and early detection. In South Carolina, this is particularly important, since an estimated 30,450 South Carolinians will be diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and about 10,630 South Carolinians will die from cancer this year.
The Houser Family Foundation hosted an event for the Prevent Cancer Foundation® at the historic Poinsett Club in Greenville last month. The event celebrated February as National Cancer Prevention Month, and guests traveled from across the Upstate of SC to learn more about how to reduce cancer risk from the Foundation’s president and founder, Carolyn Aldigé. Greenville resident and businessman, Charles S. Houser, is a member of Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Attendees learned about Dr. Susan Steck’s research at the Medical University of South Carolina, which was funded by the Prevent Cancer Foundation® in 2014. The Foundation also supported her research in 2003, while she was at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Dr. Steck’s research examined the “Dietary and Inflammatory Index” and concluded that consuming a more plant-based and nutrient-dense diet may reduce chronic inflammation and the risk for getting certain cancers, such as colorectal and breast cancers. The Foundation has funded three research grants, one research fellowship, and two community grants in South Carolina.
“We are honored to have been invited to Greenville by the Housers,” Aldigé said. “The interest with this event shows that cancer prevention and early detection are priorities in the South, and we look forward to continuing our work with community leaders to fund critical research, education, outreach and advocacy in South Carolina and across the country.”
About the Prevent Cancer Foundation®
The Prevent Cancer Foundation is one of the nation’s leading voluntary health organizations and the only U.S. nonprofit focused solely on cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, it has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence and fulfills its mission through research, education, outreach and advocacy across the country. For more information, please visit preventcancer.org.
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