Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation (CCCF)
Dedicated To a World without Colorectal Cancer ™
The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation is dedicated to reducing colorectal cancer incidence and death through public awareness events and community based groups, sponsoring prevention programs and screening for the uninsured, and providing financial support to individuals and organizations that are leading innovative research programs for the prevention and cure of colorectal cancer.
The Story of CCCF
Dr. Thomas K. Weber, Professor of Surgery at the State University of New York at Downstate and Chief of Surgery at the Department of Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System, Brooklyn Campus, founded the Colon Cancer Challenge, the first public colon cancer awareness event, in 2004. As a surgical oncologist working with colorectal cancer patients daily, he saw the importance of conducting research into the causes and cures for colorectal cancer and promoting public awareness and education.
In 2008, he started the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation with its mission to reduce colorectal cancer incidence and death through supporting research, increasing public awareness, educating the public and partnering with strategic partners in the fight against colorectal cancer.
The Foundation has made tremendous progress in advancing support for young scientists who are focusing their work and developing their scientific skills on colorectal cancer offering direct financial support to young investigators participating in major national and international medical research meetings including:
- The Society of Surgical Oncology
- The Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer
- The Human Variome Project and the
- International Society for the Study of Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumors (InSiGHT)
Get the Facts
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer among women and men. Download What You Need to Know About Your Colon
- 142,820 will be diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer in the U.S. in 2013
- 50,380 are projected to die from colon or rectal cancer in the U.S. in 2013.
Talk To Your Family
Investigate your family health history – it could save a loved one’s life – or yours. You and your family members are at a greater risk of developing colorectal cancer if you have a family history of:
- colon or rectal cancer, cancer or rectal polyps, stomach or bowel problems, or
- other diseases such as breast and ovarian cancers or Crohn’s and Colitis,
Talk To Your Doctor
Share your family health history with your doctor. If you believe you are at increased risk, ask your doctor if you should begin screening earlier than age 50. Download Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- If everyone aged 50 years or older had regular screening tests, at least 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. Screening is recommended:
- For all women and men starting at age 50.
Earlier for people with risk factors such as a family history of colorectal cancer.
Take The Challenge
Whether you choose to make a donation, volunteer, get your company involved or help spread the message that with early screening colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable, you are helping to create a World Without Colorectal Cancer™.
In its 10th year the Challenge has become one of the largest colorectal cancer public awareness events in the country. Drawing participants from 49 states the Challenge is a National event. Participants are able to join thousands in Central Park for the Foundation’s signature event or create a Local Challenge in their own community.
In addition to the Challenge you can get involved by:
- Donating Your Day – turn your special day into a way to spread the word that screening saves lives
- Hosting a public awareness event – invite your friends, family and co-workers to a an event in your workplace or community to raise awareness and funds
- Becoming a member of Team Colon Cancer Challenge – by joining our team at an existing event or creating one of your own
- Learning more at http://events.coloncancerchallenge.org