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Lung Cancer: Opportunities to Reduce Mortality Through Policy

Posted by PCF Admin on November 9th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Advocacy - Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women, accounting for 28 percent of all cancer deaths, more than colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and pancreatic cancer combined. Yet in research dollars per death, lung cancer is the least funded of the major cancers. However, more so now than perhaps at any other time in recent memory, we have an opportunity to capitalize on advances in screening, a shifting attitude towards tobacco use and access to preventive services, to begin to impact this high mortality through policy change. Policy makers at Federal, state and local levels have begun to understand the value of prevention and early diagnosis in lung cancer.  The Federal government has put stricter regulations on tobacco product manufacturers in place, and state and local governments have begun restricting the use of tobacco products in public places.  Public and private employers also recognize the value of providing access to cessation programs to help keep their workforce healthier. But not all cases of lung cancer are caused by tobacco use. Nearly 20 percent of lung cancer patients have never smoked. And another factor contributing to high mortality is that only 16 percent of lung cancer is ...

AZCC Skin Cancer Institute Helps Babies Be Sun Safe

Posted by Heather Hiscox, MPH, Program Development Coordinator, The Arizona Cancer Center on November 8th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Save Your Skin - The Prevent Cancer Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to the Skin Cancer Institute (SCI) at the Arizona Cancer Center. The mission of the SCI is to prevent and cure skin cancer in Arizona. Arizona has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the nation: about 1,000 Arizonans are diagnosed with melanoma each year and several thousand develop non melanoma skin cancer. The funding is being used to assess the impact of the Hats On! ...

Shure Family Establishes Memorial Fund Honoring Michael Shure

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Foundation News - The Shure Family of Baltimore, MD has established a memorial fund to celebrate the life of Michael A. Shure. The family has requested that contributions in Mr. Shure’s memory be sent to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “The Shure family has been long time supporters of the Foundation, both personally and through Cardon Healthcare Network, of which Michael was chairman. I am honored both personally and as President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation that the ...

Consider Bicycling to Cut Costs and Save Lives

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on November 6th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Exercise Daily - Scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives recently published a study about the many economic and health benefits of more people replacing short car trips with alternate transportation. Several billion dollars and over 1,000 lives each year would be saved due to cleaner air, lower health care costs and increased physical health. The study focused on the impact of replacing half of all short car trips (5 miles or less) with bicycle use. The major health benefit included ...