Dr. Lynn Butterly Honored by American Cancer Society for Colon Cancer Prevention Efforts

November 30, 2007

Dr. Butterly and Joanne Gersten

Joanne Gersten (left) presented the American Cancer Society's Singer Family Award to Dr. Lynn Butterly of Dartmouth-Hitchcock for her work on colon cancer prevention.

The American Cancer Society's annual awards celebration, held Thursday, November 15 in Concord, honored New Hampshire volunteers who have spent the past year making a difference in the fight against cancer. Lynn Butterly, MD, Director of Colorectal Cancer Screening for Dartmouth-Hitchcock, was presented with the Singer Family Award for her outstanding achievements in furthering the mission of the American Cancer Society in New Hampshire.

Dr. Butterly first began volunteering for the American Cancer Society seven years ago with a project to educate primary care providers on the need for colon cancer screening. She also conceived and designed the New Hampshire Colorectal Cancer Screening Community Outreach Project, and led a group of volunteers traveling to underserved areas of the state performing screening fairs. In no small measure due to her efforts, the colon cancer screening rate in New Hampshire has risen from 46% to 64% over that seven year time frame.

Dr. Butterly is currently Chairperson of the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration, a position she has held since the group's inception. In this role, she has been instrumental in the development, implementation, and funding of the cancer plan for New Hampshire, which will lead to fewer cases of cancer, fewer deaths, and improved quality of life for all New Hampshire residents.

Dr. Butterly has served as a highly effective colon cancer spokesperson to both the general public and to her fellow health care professionals. She has volunteered her time to conduct Continuing Medical Education lectures throughout the state, including in our rural, underserved areas, to audiences totaling hundreds of health care providers.

Mark A. Israel, MD, director of Norris Cotton Cancer Center said, "We are deeply appreciative of Dr. Butterly's tireless efforts to improve cancer prevention and care in New Hampshire, particularly through her work on the State Cancer Plan. We are pleased that the American Cancer Society has recognized these efforts by awarding her the Singer Family Award."

The Singer Family Award, named in honor of one of the Society's longtime benefactors, was instituted in 1993 to recognize those who demonstrate an exceptional level of commitment to furthering the mission of the American Cancer Society.