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Cancer Prevention Day 2014

Less Cancer Board Member Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. and Less Cancer Founder Bill Couzens

Less Cancer Board Member Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. and Less Cancer Founder Bill Couzens

A resolution introduced by Representative Steve Israel highlighting Less Cancer’s efforts to bring attention to Cancer Prevention.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Rayburn Building – Gold Room
45 Independence Ave.,  • Washington, D.C.

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National Cancer Prevention Day, February 4th, 2014 serves to remind people that when looking at cancer they need to look at prevention, and reducing risks for human health and the environment. The resolution, entered in the House of Representatives, states that when we work to prevent cancer risks, it impacts human health, the environment, and the economy. 2014 is the third year the resolution has been introduced by Congressman Steve Israel, U.S. Representative for New York’s Third Congressional District.

This year there will be a Less Cancer panel discussion led by Less Cancer board member author of A World Without Cancer, Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.


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Speakers include:

Welcome by Bill Couzens, Founder and President of Less Cancer

Suzi Tobias, Advocate – Ride Leader  for Less Cancer Bike Ride to Mackinac

Thomas Sherman, M.D., Chairman of Less Cancer

Veronique Pittman, Less Cancer board member

Howard K. Koh M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Graham A. Colditz, M.D., Dr PH, The Ronald B. Herberman, M.D. Memorial Lecturer: Niess-Gain Professor of Surgery, Professor of Medicine, Chief, Division of Public Health Sciences,Deputy Director, Institute for Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis, Member, Institute of Medicine

Congressman Steve Israel, U.S. Representative for New York’s Third Congressional District

Congressman Charlie Dent, U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s Fifteenth Congressional District


Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D., President of Chatham University

Dianna Cohen, Creative Advocacy Director and Co-Founder, Plastic Pollution Coalition

Graham A. Colditz, M.D., DrPH

Heather M. Dacus, D.O., M.P.H, Director, Bureau of Chronic Disease Control, New York State Department of Health

Ellen B. Deutsch, Senior Vice President, Global Technical Services and Chief Sustainability Officer, The Hain-Celestial Group

E. Janie Heath, Ph.D., APRN, ACNP-BC, FAAN, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Thomas A. Saunders III Family Endowed Professor of Nursing, University of Virginia

Individual States are participating in places like Virginia where in 2011  State Senator Jill Vogel Introduced the resolution for Cancer Prevention Day or in Michigan where State Senator Bert Johnson Introduced the resolution for Cancer Prevention Day and New Hampshire where State Representative, Tom Sherman and State Senator Nancy Stiles worked with Governor Maggie Hassan for Cancer Prevention Day.”

Less Cancer Founder Bill Couzens said ” this is really the one “cancer” day that seemingly is not attached to big money- free of merchandise associated with tricky cancer marketing and does not involve corporations that either produce risk increasing products or are in the cancer treatment industry we keep this as clean as possible with the public interest first.”

Couzens continued – National Cancer Prevention Day is all about creating the mindful shift for “Less”. The shift on how we look at cancer will only happen if we operate in a transparent way considering all consequences relative to our choices.  Not from a place of carry on until proven safe but rather a place of we will not go forward until proven safe for the environment and human health. Hopefully this is the day that reminds lawmakers and all community leaders about such pressing issues linked to cancer such as our fragile environment and human health epidemics such as childhood obesity.”

National Cancer Prevention Day 2-4-14 Washington, D.C

See video of a few of the featured speakers 



Howard Kyongju Koh, M.D. is the 14th United States Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, after being nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009. (click on picture to watch)


Charles W. “Charlie” Dent is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s 15th congressional district, serving since 2005. He is a member of the Republican Party  (click on photo to watch)


Congressman Steve Israel represents New York’s 3rd Congressional District, including the communities of Huntington, North Hempstead, Queens, Oyster Bay, and Smithtown. He was first sworn into Congress in 2001. (Click on photo to watch)



Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D., is a board-certified radiologist and served as an attending physician in diagnostic radiology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. for many years. Specializing in body imaging, involving CT, Ultrasound, MRI and interventional procedures, much of her practice was dedicated to the diagnosis of cancer and AIDS. She is the daughter of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and Mrs. Matilda Cuomo and sister to Governor Andrew Cuomo and ABC’s Chris Cuomo. She resides in New York. Cuomo’s book, A World Without Cancer, was published October 2012 by Rodale. She is a board member of Lesscancer.org — a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. (click on photo to watch)


Dr. Graham Colditz is an internationally recognized leader in cancer prevention. As an epidemiologist and public health expert, he has a longstanding interest in the preventable causes of chronic disease, particularly among women. He is also interested in strategies to speed translation of research findings to prevention strategies that work. Past research has focused on the health effects of smoking, weight and weight gain, physical activity, diet, and the adverse effects of medications such as postmenopausal hormone therapy, documenting that current use increases risk of breast cancer. (Click on photo to watch)




Megan Witt Photgraphy


Proclumations and Resolutions






Rep. Steve Israel | Posted 02.07.2014 | Impact
Rep. Steve IsraelI am dedicated to doing everything in my power to combat this horrific disease — not just as a Member of Congress, but also as someone who has been personally affected.


Janie Heath | Posted 02.06.2014 | Impact
Janie HeathSpoof or not, e-cigarettes are no laughing matter. Neither are their largely unknown health consequences.


Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.Scientific evidence tells us that over 50 percent of all cancers are preventable by applying what we know right now.


Bill Couzens | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Bill CouzensMy appeal to one and all is that we make cancer prevention the No. 1 priority for ourselves, our communities and our nation. Cancer does not discriminate; it has no particular ideology or political party.

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Half of Cancers Are Preventable: Lower Your Risk With These 8 Steps

Graham A. Colditz | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Graham A. ColditzIf there’s one key scientific finding over the past two decades that has the greatest potential to have a positive impact on cancer, it’s that 50 percent or more of all cancer is preventable by things we can do.


National Cancer Prevention Day 2013






“There are far too many who have been touched by cancer, both directly or indirectly. Today, on National Cancer Prevention Day, we commit ourselves to prevention and reducing our risks as much as possible through healthy lifestyles and clean environments. Less Cancer has been a true partner in this fight, and I applaud them for that.” Conrgessman Steve Israel  2-4-2013

“For generations, Detroit’s pioneering spirit has led the nation and the work of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation and LessCancer.org is a testament to that legacy,” Senator Johnson said. “By focusing on pediatric medical education, research and cancer prevention, we can save time, resources and dollars that would otherwise go to treatments. More importantly, we can save countless families from the hardships associated with devastating illnesses, particularly cancer.” State Senator Bert Johnson, Michigan 2013.

Virginia State Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel, who introduced the resolution, later said, “It is my honor to undertake the work to establish Cancer Prevention Day in the Commonwealth. The more energy and resources that we direct toward awareness, education and prevention, the more lives we save.” 2-04-2011

Next Generation Choices Foundation Board is Chaired By Thomas M. Sherman, MD, and Board Members include Bill Couzens, Greg Lam, Veronique Pittman, Maryann Donovan PhD, MPH, Miles O’Brien, John Couzens, Stormy Stokes Hood, KC Graham, Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D..