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Tanning bed lamps will now carry more warnings

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Director of Policy and Advocacy on June 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »

FDA adds stricter warnings to tanning bed lamps The Prevent Cancer Foundation is pleased that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reclassified ultraviolet (UV) tanning lamps from class I (general controls) to class II (special controls) which will carry stricter regulations. Previously, tanning beds were regulated as “low-risk” devices. They will now carry a black box (which is the FDA’s strongest warning) that inform consumers of the risks of indoor tanning. These warnings will ...

World No Tobacco Day

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Director of Policy and Advocacy on May 31st, 2014 | No Comments »
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Tobacco kills six million people each year, 600,000 of whom are non-smokers dying from secondhand smoke. If the trend continues, by 2030, eight million people will die from tobacco use each year. Although tobacco use is currently responsible for ten percent of adult deaths worldwide, it is also the single most preventable cause of death globally. The Prevent Cancer Foundation is pleased to recognize May 31 as World No Tobacco Day. Every year on this date, ...

Clinical trials and the human experience

Posted by Carolyn "Bo" Aldigé, President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation on May 28th, 2014 | No Comments »
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This blog post was originally published on the PACE blog. This year alone, approximately 1.7 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed and 585,000 people will die from the disease. One in two men and one in three women will get cancer in their lifetime. Currently the second leading cause of death in this country, by 2030 cancer will surpass heart disease as the number one killer. These statistics are well known, but nonetheless troubling. They ...

Medicare panel recommends against payment for CT lung screening tests

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Director of Policy and Advocacy on May 12th, 2014 | No Comments »

The Prevent Cancer Foundation was discouraged to learn that a nine-member Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) determined at the end of April that they could not justify having the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) pay for annual low dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans to detect early lung cancer in former and current heavy smokers. Spiral CT scans detect lung cancer in its early stages and are expected to drop lung ...