Significance in Preventative Medicine

Week in Review: Recognizing the Significance of Preventative Medicine

09.09.13 | By Kaelan Hollon

Innovative research and development has led to revolutionary medical treatments and practices that have impacted how we think about preventative medicine. While colloquialisms like “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” still hold true, thanks to hardworking researchers, academics and individuals throughout the health care ecosystem, we now have an increasing selection of cutting-edge treatments that can protect us from some of the most debilitating diseases.

Vaccines are the cornerstone of preventative medicine. They represent one of the most profound achievements of biomedical science and public health, which is why we announced this week that our second annual Research & Hope Awards Program will showcase the history, progress, challenges and future of vaccines and immunizations. During the September 11 event, we will also recognize the individuals and organizations that have devoted their time and resources to improving the lives of patients and have made significant contributions to developing vaccines and immunizations.

In conjunction with the awards ceremony, PhRMA will also unveil a new Medicines in Development report that highlights vaccines that are currently in the pipeline. The report will discuss the nearly 300 vaccines that focus on the prevention and treatment of diseases like malaria, influenza and cancer, among others.

Sophisticated disease prevention methods like vaccinations are incredibly important and successful, but they are not the only way to protect against some of the most debilitating diseases. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and as a result, we noted other ways to be proactive about your health when it comes to these cancers in a blog post on The Catalyst this week.

Be sure to follow @PhRMA on Twitter during the Research and Hope Awards for live updates on Tuesday, September 11, and check back later in the week for more on vaccines and the importance

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