The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF): How It All Started

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The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is a 23-year-old organization that started with the efforts of one patient and became the leading philanthropic organization in the world focused on funding and accelerating research in prostate cancer. After battling with prostate cancer himself and visiting several specialists before finding a treatment, Michael Milken decided to take action against the disease.

Discover some of the work of Prostate Cancer Foundation with this article.

Formerly known as the CaP CURE, the Prostate Cancer Foundation was founded in 1993 with the purpose of increasing funding to research prostate cancer and ultimately find more effective treatments for the disease that is the second most common type of cancer among men in the USA. In addition to helping accelerate research in the field, the Prostate Cancer Foundation became a primary resource for people dealing with prostate cancer and their loved ones.

“PCF has raised nearly $660 million and provided funding to more than 2,000 research programs at nearly 200 cancer centers and universities. The PCF global research enterprise now extends to 19 countries. PCF advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more efficient investment of governmental research funds for transformational cancer research. Its efforts have helped produce a 20-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer,” the foundation explains.

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The Prostate Cancer Foundation has contributed to several achievements and milestones in the field during the past two decades. “Many important discoveries in the fight against prostate cancer since 1993 resulted from PCF funding or coordination—including the development of new medications, gene therapy approaches and the development of vaccines that may soon work with the body’s immune system to kill prostate cancer cells.”

These efforts made by the organization and numerous other players in the prostate cancer community have been worthwhile, the death rates related to prostate cancer in the country have decreased about 40% from what it was in the 1990’s. Under the leadership of the founder chairman Michael Milken, the Prostate Cancer Foundation works relentlessly to fund research in prostate cancer, while the organization is also determined to help men and their loved ones affected by prostate cancer cope with the disease.

 

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For those with prostate cancer, participating in clinical trials provides access to experimental therapies and helps advance science toward a cure for the disease. Visit this link  to get more information about Prostate Cancer clinical trials in your area.

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Marta graduated from Universidade Fernando Pessoa in Porto with a degree in Communication Sciences and a Masters degree in New Communication Technologies. She has experience in social media, worked with several media channels, and has also worked as a freelance photographer and a graphic artist for almost 10 years.

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