This will mark my second official Prouty as director of Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center and I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to the event. Last year I did the Ultimate for the first time and wow, what a ride. The scenery was spectacular, the route, hilly but doable, and the people I met were terrific. Having moved here from New York City, I was simply overwhelmed by the warmth and enthusiasm shown to me by The Prouty and Upper Valley communities.
So, of course, I’d like to invite you to join me on Saturday, July 13, as we raise money for ground-breaking research and crucial patient and family support services at our nationally recognized Cancer Center. You can bike, walk, row or golf; you can do the Prouty Xtra mile (two events on Saturday), you can volunteer, and you can participate virtually if you’re unable to be here that day.
I want you to know what the money you raise means to our Cancer Center. You have allowed us to, as they say, punch way above our weight, allowing us to produce research discoveries that rival much bigger centers. Our Prouty pilot projects are making breakthroughs every year in our understanding of how to beat cancer. Prouty pilot grant investments that were made in 2008 using money raised by our Upper Valley community have now generated a $23:1 return on investment!
Our prevention program is second to none in helping stop cancer before it starts. In fact, our research has served as a basis for recent aggressive FDA regulation regarding the marketing of e-cigarettes to adolescents, having proved that they actually promote smoking in teens instead of the opposite.
Our breast cancer screening research has directly informed national screening policy including American Cancer society guidelines for mammography and breast density-based notifications now adopted in 35 states.
Our epidemiology program is examining the consequences of long-term environmental exposures such as arsenic and DES. The high-impact of this group has been to show the links between early-life arsenic exposure and adult disease, including bladder cancer. These findings are resulting in legislation being considered in the New Hampshire legislature that would make NH only the second state to set maximal drinking water arsenic concentrations at 5ppb. They have also documented the risks of childhood arsenic exposures associated with infant rice cereal which directly led the FDA to recommend a limit of arsenic in infant cereals.
And that’s not all! Having just completed the five-year renewal status as one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the nation, I literally have pages of accomplishments to tell you about. But today I’ll stop with these. If you’d like more information, don’t hesitate to contact me through info@TheProuty.org.
With your donations, we can support our researchers and clinicians to do the finest, ground-breaking, rule-breaking research in the country. Although I’ve a long way to go, I promise I will be ready to do the Ultimate come July 12. I hope that you’ve started your training (now that spring weather is tantalizingly close) and will sign up and join me at the 38th Annual Prouty.
Come on, let’s team up for a cure!
-- Steven Leach, MD, Director of Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Register online at www.TheProuty.org