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U.S. Surgeon General’s Call-to-Action to Prevent Skin Cancer

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy on July 30th, 2014 | No Comments »

“Tanned skin is damaged skin and we need to shatter the myth that tanned skin is a sign of health.”   The Prevent Cancer Foundation was extremely pleased with the release of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call-to-Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. At the recent press conference, Assistant Secretary for Health Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH, and melanoma survivor Stacey Escalante launched the call-to-action. Background Messages from all speakers were ...

Prevention is working in the Affordable Care Act

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler on July 11th, 2014 | No Comments »

The Patient Access and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010. Preventative services were a major component included in the law. These services include 15 new benefits which are available without charging the patient copayment or coinsurance. Several are also targeted towards cancer prevention and overall wellness such as colorectal cancer screenings for adults over 50, pap smears and mammograms for women, diet counseling for adults at higher risk for ...

Congresswoman Maloney pushes FDA to ban tanning bed use for minors nationwide

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Director of Policy and Advocacy on July 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »
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The Prevent Cancer Foundation supports Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) as she pushes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the use of tanning beds for minors under the age of 18. Rep. Maloney recently stood on the steps of New York City Hall to promote this nationwide ban, stating that “All across America today, teenagers will be making a purely fashion and fad decision that could be harmful to their health, and in ...

Subcommittee on Health holds “21st Century Cures” hearing

Posted by Jennifer DeMarco, External Affairs Intern on June 20th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Recently, the House Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Capitol Hill to discuss “21st Century Cures: the Role of Incentives in Advancing Treatments and Cures for Patients.” Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Michigan) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-Pennsylvania) expressed their eagerness to address issues surrounding the introduction and accessibility of innovative treatments. Representative Upton noted that “we lack effective treatments for almost 95 percent of known diseases and over 95 ...

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