The Felix Burda Foundation is a German based internationally active foundation that deals exclusively with the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer. It was founded in 2001 by Dr. Christa Maar and the publisher Prof. Dr. Hubert Burda and is named after their son, who died of colorectal cancer in 2001 at the age of 33.

Due to the personal drive, the Felix Burda Foundation soon became the most significant player in marketing/communication of the not so socially acceptable topic of colorectal cancer and is currently one of the best-known, charitable institutions in this field in Germany.

Furthermore the Felix Burda Foundation offers support for people suffering from colorectal cancer and raises public awareness for the potential benefits of the early detection of colorectal cancer and aims in motivating large numbers of people to undergo a screening examination. Especially since the benefits from early detection are higher for colorectal cancer than for most other kinds of cancer as it can be cured in nearly all cases.

To accomplish its aims, the Felix Burda Foundation initiated various activities and projects, most important the German Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Germany and other ones such as "Fascination Colon" the giant model of the “high performance organ” colon that one can walk through, to make the subject more tangible. Furthermore, the Foundation cooperates with various eminent persons, businesses and organizations to spread its message.

In addition the foundations activities increased in Europe as well as worldwide. On the occasion of the German EU Council Presidency during the first half of 2007 the Felix Burda Foundation and its partner organisations have hosted the conference "The Future of Health in Europe - European Conference on Colon Cancer Prevention“ in Brussels. More than 200 participants from 29 different countries attended the conference which was concluded by the signing of the "Brussels Declaration on Colon Cancer Screening in Europe".

Moreover, the Foundation, together with internationally-renowned institutions – the International Digestive Cancer Aliance (IDCA) and the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at the NewYork Presbyterian Hospital - led the “First Transatlantic Symposium on Strategies to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening and Save More Lives – Putting Knowledge into Practice” in New York in April 2009. The intention was the best-practice exchange between practitioners and scientists on both sides of the Atlantic concerning colorectal cancer screening participation rates as well as the establishing of a transatlantic network. Suitable colorectal cancer screening strategies were agreed upon in a transatlantic declaration.

Another important concern of the foundation is to inform the general public of the hereditary risk involved with colon cancer in particular for young people. Even young people have to go for regular preventive checkups when they come from high-risk families.

Please find more information on:
www.felix-burda-stiftung.de/englisch
www.future-health-2007.com
www.transatlantic-symposium.com

"Fascination Colon" - The Giant Colon Model of the Felix Burda Foundation
Online banner ad of the Felix Burda Foundation: World Boxing Champion Wladimir Klitschko fighting against colorectal cancer
The Foundations CEO Christa Maar with CBS Anchorwoman Katie Couric during the First Transatlantic Symposium on strategies to increase colorectal cancer screenings, April 2009 in New York.
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