Prevent Cancer Foundation

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Prevent Cancer Foundation
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Founded1985; 34 years ago (1985) (as Cancer Research Foundation of America)
FounderCarolyn R. Aldige
Area served
United States
MethodFunding cancer research, education and community outreach programs.
Key people
Marcia Myers Carlucci

Prevent Cancer Foundation (PCF) (formerly the Cancer Research Foundation of America or the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation) is a United States-based charity, and one of the leading US health organizations devoted to the early detection and prevention of cancer.[1][2]


PCF was founded in 1985, by Carolyn Aldigé, who remains CEO, after her father passed of cancer the previous year[3]. Since its founding, the organization has played a prominent role in the promotion of cancer prevention,[1] donated over $120 million in cancer prevention research, spread public information about how to prevent cancer and partaken in community outreach.[2] The Prevent Cancer Foundation meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability outlined by the Better Business Bureau.[4] The Prevent Cancer Foundation is rated 4 out of 4 stars by Charity Navigator.[5] They are also one of Philanthropedia's recommended Cancer charities.[6]


The PCF holds professional conferences around the U.S. for those involved in the field of cancer.[4] They have funded nearly 300 scientists, over 430 peer-reviewed research projects in 39 states, and three in Canada, in more than 150 leading research institutions nationwide; as well as raised awareness of cancer and educated the public about it though exhibits, distribution of material and working with the media.[1][4] Such public education seeks to teach people how they can lower their chances of getting cancer, as well as teach them how to detect early signs of cancer.[4] Their work on colorectal cancer prevention established a framework for health care professionals to collaborate on colorectal cancer screening and prevention which was missing beforehand, and they have had extensive influence on Capitol Hill, particularly in their efforts to pass colorectal cancer screening legislation.[6]

In conjunction with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) the PCF annually gives out the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)-Prevent Cancer Foundation Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention Research to a scientist for significant contributions to the field of cancer prevention research in one of the following fields: fundamental science, translational science, clinical science, epidemiology or behavioral science.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "John D. Groopman, Ph.D., honored with AACR-Prevent Cancer Foundation Award". Eurekalert!. American Association for the Advancement of Science. Retrieved 6 January 2011. The Prevent Cancer Foundation was started in 1985. Today, it is one of the nation's leading health organizations and has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence... Since its inception the Prevent Cancer Foundation has provided more than $120 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach programs across the country. The Foundation has funded over 430 peer-reviewed research projects in 39 states, and three in Canada, in more than 150 leading research institutions nationwide. This research has been pivotal in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important cancer prevention and early detection strategies.
  2. ^ a b "About Page". Prevent Cancer Foundation. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Prevent Cancer Foundation – Stop Cancer Before It Starts!". Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "Review of Prevent Cancer Foundation". Better Business Bureau. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Review of Prevent Cancer Foundation". Charity Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  6. ^ a b Cancer review panel. "Prevent Cancer Foundation (Multiple Cancer)". Philanthropedia. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  7. ^ "AACR-Prevent Cancer Foundation Award To Be Presented To Meyskens". Medical News Today. Retrieved 6 January 2011.

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