BCAN on Record Setting Pace for Bladder Cancer Walks

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Annual May 5th day to Walk for Bladder Cancer Setting Organizational Mark for Awareness Activity

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN), the first national advocacy organization dedicated to advancing bladder cancer research and education, announced today that, with still two months to go, there are already 49 community walks in 28 states scheduled to take place throughout the United States on Saturday, May 5, 2012.

On Saturday, May 5, 2012, , bladder cancer survivors, caregivers, loved ones and their friends across the country will take to the streets in their local communities bringing needed attention and focus on this very common, but rarely talked about, disease. Last year, 40 walks were held in 20 states not only shining the spotlight on this ignored disease but also raising more than $140,000 toward patient education and research programs.

Bladder cancer is a significant health concern. It is the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, and there are more than 70,000 new cases and 14,000 deaths each year. Bladder cancer has a high recurrence rate and because it requires life-long surveillance, it is the most expensive cancer to treat on a per patient basis. It is estimated that $2.9 billion is spent in the United States each year on the treatment of bladder cancer. Despite being the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer, bladder cancer was 23rd in federal research dollars allocated in 2010.

CBS newsman and bladder cancer survivor Bob Schieffer will once again serve as honorary national chair for the walks for the second year in a row, His openness about his disease has helped bladder cancer survivors recognize that they are not alone and encouraged others to visit a doctor if they see symptoms. Schieffer is Chief Washington Correspondent for CBS and has anchored “Face the Nation” since 1991.

BCAN was created in May 2005 as the first national non-profit patient-based advocacy organization for bladder cancer. BCAN’s mission is to increase public awareness about bladder cancer, advance bladder cancer research, and provide educational and support services for the bladder cancer community. For more information on how you can participate in a walk for bladder cancer in your community on Saturday, May 5, 2012, please visit http://www.walkforbladdercancer.org or call 888-901-BCAN.

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Lawrence Rzepka
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