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awatkins
08-02-2006, 01:10 AM
Press release:

New Pet4Pets(TM) Collar Sales to Raise Funds for Cancer Research

Just as people today wear colorful wrist bands to support cancer causes, now
our furry four-footed friends can join the movement to support research on
cancer survival. Bright orange Pet4Pets(TM) charity collars - soon arriving
at local pet supply stores, vet offices and online pet shops - will raise
funds for new cancer cures for pets.

"Purchasing a Pet4Pets collar is a fun new way to support research on
promising new cancer treatments for dogs and cats," said Dr. Gerald Post, DVM,
president of the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF). Collar sales will help fund
the ACF mission to support cancer research that benefits both pets and people.

An estimated 12 million dogs and cats are diagnosed with cancer each year,
according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute. More than 50% of pets over 10
years old die from cancer, the No. 1 cause of death among pets. By comparison,
1.37 million new human cancer diagnoses were expected in 2005, with over half
a million deaths. Cancer is the second-leading cause of death among Americans.

The biology of cancer in pets is often similar to cancer in people. Thus, many
discoveries in the vast trove of human research may also extend the lives of
sick pets.

For example, both people and dogs can get deadly skin cancer. Learning about
treating melanoma in people may also be useful in dogs. Or, a hopeful genetic
discovery on bone cancer common in large dogs may assist researchers studying
this same rare but tragic bone cancer in children. In this way, the study of
comparative oncology promises to speed new discoveries.

"Buying a Pet4Pets charity collar is an easy way to make a contribution to
serious cancer research and to share your passion for dogs and cats. It gives
us all a simple way to work together and do good things," said Jamie Bishop,
general manager of Genia, the maker of Pet4Pets brand products. "At least $2
per collar will be donated to the Animal Cancer Foundation to work on better
cancer cures for pets. Since 65% of pet owners surveyed said they would buy
the charity collars for this kind of cause, we believe that customers will
appreciate the pet supply retailers, veterinarians, advocacy groups and online
merchants who will sell these products."

At his veterinary oncology hospitals in Connecticut and New York, Dr. Post
sees pets and human caregivers facing this sad fate each day. "I see the grief
that people feel when their companions have cancer. But I also go to work
each day with the hope that science will continue to create new treatment
options for my patients."

Dr. Post learned firsthand how advanced clinical research can extend the life
of beloved pets when Smokey, his miniature schnauzer, was diagnosed with
metastatic melanoma. "When I saw the radiographs and biopsy report, I was
devastated," he said. "Most dogs with this type of cancer survive only three
months. Putting Smokey on an experimental cancer vaccine program plus
chemotherapy allowed us to enjoy two and a half more years of companionship."

For more information, or to purchase the decorative orange collars, visit
www.pet4pets.com.

Nancy
08-02-2006, 01:13 AM
Thanks so much for posting this!

awatkins
08-02-2006, 01:13 AM
Note: This post is not an endorsement of the website or products.

My dog recently died from cancer (and advanced age) and I know others here may also have pets with cancer. I received this press release today and thought some of you might be interested in the topic.

awatkins
08-02-2006, 01:14 AM
Cross-posted with Nancy. You're welcome! :)