April 17, 2002

Avon Foundation Awards Moores UCSD Cancer Center
$500,000 for Breast Cancer Risk Reduction, Prevention

At closing ceremonies of the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day a 60-mile walk involving 3,400 walkers held recently in San Diego, the Avon Foundation announced a $500,000 gift to the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center*. The gift will fund breast cancer risk reduction and prevention efforts for medically underserved women. The funds were generated through fund-raising initiatives of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.

In partnership with the Avon Foundation, the Cancer Center will build upon its existing cancer prevention programs in clinical cancer genetics, diet intervention and state-of-the-art breast care in an effort to diminish risk and improve breast cancer prevention in ethnic minority and medically underserved women in San Diego. This multi-pronged program will include familial cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling; diet assessment, counseling and intervention; and clinical research directed toward identifying specific inherited and acquired genetic risk factors associated with breast cancer.

"Our Cancer Center has a long history in this community for its commitment to the underserved, and we are delighted to now partner with Avon, on behalf of minority and underserved women, in our ongoing efforts against breast cancer," said David Tarin, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center.

Funds generated annually through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade fund-raising initiatives support five vital areas of the breast cancer cause, including a comprehensive array of biomedical research; clinical care; support services; educational seminars and advocacy training; and community-based breast health programs nationwide. Since 1993, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has generated $165 million net in the U.S. through many fund-raising initiatives. Funds are managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) accredited public charity, to support the breast cancer cause nationwide.

*Founded in 1979, UCSD Cancer Center was recently renamed the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center in honor of the Moores leadership gift to the Center. The Center is one of just 40 in the United States to hold a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. As such, it ranks among the top centers in the nation conducting basic and clinical cancer research, providing advanced patient care and serving the community through outreach and education programs.

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