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Recently, the Duke Endowment released its Annual Report for 2016, entitled Working Upstream, which highlighted the Endowment’s philanthropic efforts for the year.  One of the featured programs in the Report is the Center for Colon Cancer Research’s screening program.  The Duke Endowment awarded the CCCR’s statewide Colorectal Cancer Prevention Network $450,000 to further its efforts to provide colorectal cancer screening to uninsured and medically underserved individuals who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to receive this life-saving screen.  You can read more about the CCCR’s efforts to “Fight Cancer through Screening” in the Healthcare section of the Report, which can be accessed at http://annualreport.dukeendowment.org/2016/#granteehighlights.

IMG 1005Dr. March Seabrook, a Columbia Gastroenterologist, colorectal cancer advocate, and supporter of the CCCR,  was recently awarded the 2017 Molina Healthcare Community Champion Award for his dedication to improving colorectal cancer screening and awareness in South Carolina.  The Community Champion Award recognizes those who demonstrate selfless dedication to improving the quality of life in the communities they serve.  Winners receive $1,000 that they can donate to a non-profit organization of their choice.  Dr. Seabrook has donated his award to the CCCR, with which he works closely in promoting awareness of screening and in carrying out colonoscopies for the uninsured of South Carolina.

Public health researcher Jan Eberth measures access, quality of cancer prevention, treatment

 

Jan Eberth, University of South Carolina's 2017 Breakthrough Star

The thing that struck Jan Eberth about cancer was the sheer number of people it affects.

She is no exception. Eberth’s mother was diagnosed with colon cancer in her early 30s. Though rare at such a young age, the cancer was not aggressive, and her mother was successfully treated and remains cancer-free. The experience, though, solidified Eberth’s interest in what would become her career path.

“A lot of people go into research areas that have touched them personally, but for me, the wide-reaching impact of cancer also factored into my decisions to study the disease,” says Eberth, an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in the Arnold School of Public Health. “We’re talking about one out of every two men and one out of every three women being at risk for developing cancer in their lifetime.”

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