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The Cancer Research Foundation of America and Fox Chase Cancer Center Offer Free Mammograms and PSA Testing to Delegates, Spouses and PoliticalFest Attendees During the RNC

PHILADELPHIA (July 27, 2000) -- Detecting cancer in its earliest stages is one of the best defenses in surviving the disease. To further their mission of early cancer detection, the Cancer Research Foundation of America and Fox Chase Cancer Center will provide delegates, their spouses and PoliticalFest attendees the opportunity to get free cancer screenings during the Republican National Convention.

Free mammograms for women and free prostate cancer screenings for men will be offered Sunday, July 30 through Thursday, August 3 at a special testing site outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 12th and Arch Streets. The mammograms will be conducted in Fox Chase Cancer Center's Mammovan, which will be on location. Appointment times are first come, first served and they must be made on location.

The free mammograms will be offered to delegates with credentials, their spouses and ticket-bearing attendees to PoliticalFest. Women must be at least 40 years old and must not have had a mammogram within the past year. The mammograms will be analyzed at Fox Chase Cancer Center. The films and results will be mailed to each woman.

The free prostate cancer screening, or PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test, will be offered to delegates with credentials, their spouses and ticket-bearing attendees to PoliticalFest. Men must be at least 50 years old. Fox Chase Cancer Center will analyze the test. Results will be mailed to each man. A rise in PSA can be an indicator of prostate cancer.

The Cancer Research Foundation of America and Fox Chase Cancer Center are sponsoring this event and screening program. Abbott Laboratories donated the PSA screening kits and representatives from the Hutchinson Clinic in Kansas will draw the blood for the PSA test.

The Cancer Research Foundation of America is a national nonprofit health organization whose mission is the prevention of cancer through scientific research and education. Founded in 1985 by Carolyn Aldig, the organization's commitment to prevention is fueled by the fact that certain cancers are preventable through lifestyle changes, yet more than 550,000 Americans die from the diseases annually. Since its inception, the Foundation has supported research, education and early detection programs in excess of $41 million.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at: www.fccc.edu.


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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