Thursday, April 7, 2011

Awards and Recognition

Hope Through Grace, Inc.

Member – National Colorectal Cancer Round Table (NCCRT), 2010 to date.
Member – Director’s Consumer Liaison Group, National Cancer Institute (NCI), 2006 – 2010.
Cited for testimony “Living Beyond Cancer: Finding a New Balance” President’s Cancer Panel,  National Cancer Institute (NCI), 2003.

Grace L. Butler, Ph.D.

Founder and CEO, Hope Through Grace, Inc.  A non-profit 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to eliminate colorectal cancer, 2001 – to date.
Professor Emeritus – University of Houston, 2001 to date.
Featured, “Colon Cancer Survivor Makes a Difference in Her Community” The Colon Examiner, American Cancer Society, 2005.
Member – Initial Review Group, Scientific Review Committee, Subcommittee A-Cancer Centers, National Cancer Institute (NCI), 2004-2006.
Honoree, “Encourage the Fight,” Starlight Gala, benefiting the American Cancer Society, 2003.
Recipient, “Partners in Courage Award,” American Cancer Society (ACS), Houston, TX 2001 .
Member, “Action Plan on Colorectal Cancer for the State of Texas” Steering Committee, Texas Cancer Council, 2000.
Member, American Leadership Forum, Class XII, Houston, TX, 1994-to date.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Protect the Colorectal Cancer Control Program!

Leaders in Congress are working this week and next week to finalize the fiscal year 2011 appropriations bills. The House has recommended cutting the overall budget for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by 20%! A majority of programs at the agency would lose funding including – potentially, the Colorectal Cancer Control Program. Contact your Representative and Senators now and ask them to protect investment in this life-saving program.
NOW is the time to contact your representative and your two senators and have your voice heard. Take action-- complete the form below then help us spread the word.

CDC Says Black Men Have Highest Rates of Colorectal Cancer

Posted: 31 Mar 2011 04:02 AM PDT
In 2007, 62 out of every 100,000 black men in the United States were diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer, the highest rate of colorectal cancer of any US group.
Overall, men were more likely to get colorectal cancer than women — almost 53 of every 100,000 American males compared to 40 per 100,000 females.
Reporting colorectal cancer incidence rates for 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged regular colorectal cancer screening for all average risk adults 50 years and older to cut deaths from colorectal cancer.
According to the CDC, 142,672 Americans were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2007, including 72,755 men and 69,917 women.
Incidence rate means how many people out of a given number get a disease in a given year.  Colorectal cancer incidence rates are reported per 100,000 people.
Across all groups, 52.7 of every 100,000 men were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2007 and 39.7 per 100,000 women.
The incidence rates per 100,000 men were:
§ Blacks: 62.0
§ Whites: 51.5
§ Hispanics: 44.8
§ Asian/Pacific Islanders: 39.7
§ American Indians/Alaska Native: 33.5
For women,  incidence rates were
§ Blacks: 47.1
§ Whites: 38.5
§ Hispanics: 32.6
§ Asian/Pacific Islanders: 31.1
§ American Indians/Alaska Native: 28.8
The CDC estimates that as many as 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented if all men and women age 50 and over were screened routinely.
Data comes from the United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2007 Cancer Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report.