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Be a buddy: When advocacy becomes personal, Part I

Posted by Rebecca Evans on June 4th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Advocacy - Do you know your family health history? It’s your first step in becoming your own best health advocate. The spring issue of Cancer PreventionWorks focuses on knowing your health background. This issue’s cover story features local CBS affiliate news co-anchor and Prevent Cancer board member, Andrea Roane, whose family history of cancer inspired her to take steps to live a longer and healthier life and Stop Cancer Before It Starts! Read Part I of Andrea’s story below and make sure to check out the full spring 2014 issue of Cancer PreventionWorks. As a fierce advocate for breast cancer prevention and early detection, local CBS affiliate news co-anchor and Prevent Cancer board member, Andrea Roane, practiced what she preached. Annual mammograms, monthly breast self-exams and regular clinical exams were part of her routine. She encouraged her family and the community to stay active, eat healthy, and know their bodies. She worked tirelessly to promote WUSA9’s breast self-exam program, Buddy Check 9, an idea originated by Prevent Cancer Foundation President and Founder Carolyn “Bo” Aldigé. Buddy Check 9 began 21-years ago as a station-sponsored initiative focusing on women’s health. The program encourages women ages 20 and up to perform self-breast exams on the ...

On the road again: The 2014 Prevent Cancer Super Colon tour

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications and Policy Coordinator on June 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »
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The Super Colon - With the end of spring comes the winding down of the national Prevent Cancer Super Colon™ tour. Since March 1, I’ve traveled to Sebring, Florida, Virginia Beach, Virginia and Thousand Oaks, California with an eight-foot high, twenty-foot long giant inflatable colon as my only companion (Just kidding. We work with a company called Event Strategies Inc. to transport the exhibit. Thanks Cris and Chuck!). I’m often asked, “You must have the best job ever, huh?” and ...

Tanning bed lamps will now carry more warnings

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

Advocacy - 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 ...

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day

Posted by Jan Bresch, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer on June 1st, 2014 | No Comments »
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Screening Story - Everyone likes to feel like they’re part of a crowd. Except when it comes to the “cancer crowd.” That’s a crowd we’d all like to avoid. In January of 2010, I became part of the cancer crowd. One of those people who heard the words you never want to hear: “it’s cancer.” What I heard next was not what I expected, and quite honestly, it left me speechless. Without taking a breath after saying the biopsy ...