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World No Tobacco Day

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler on May 31st, 2014 | No Comments »
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Advocacy - 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, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights the health risks associated with tobacco use. Advocates also join forces to push for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. This year, World No Tobacco Day will focus on raising tobacco taxes in countries throughout the world. Higher taxes have proven to be effective at lowering tobacco use, particularly among lower-income groups and young people. Growing up in the tobacco-rich state of Kentucky, I know firsthand how dangerous tobacco use can be. In fact, each year 8,000 of my fellow Kentuckians die from tobacco use. In my home state, over one-quarter of the population smokes still today. We rank near the top of states with the heaviest smoking rate.  Even more disturbing, among 12-17 year olds, almost 16 percent smoke, which ...

Pack your way to a tastier, healthier and cheaper lunch

Posted by Monique Smaby, Program & Communications Coordinator, Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program on | No Comments »
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Healthy Eating - There are numerous benefits to packing your own lunch: 1. You save money - eating out every day can break the bank, 2. You know exactly what you are putting in your body, and 3. You can spend the extra time on your lunch break doing these productive things instead of standing in line for takeout. If you are anything like me, you spend about 10 seconds thinking about lunch before running off to work in ...

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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Advocacy - 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 ...

6th annual Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run on September 21

Posted by Jessie Edington, Development and Event Coordinator on May 20th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Events - Save the date for the 6th Annual Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run on September 21, 2014 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. We are happy to announce registration is now open for the 2014 Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run. This year’s event will feature a scenic course around Nationals Park and the Capitol Riverfront, a chance to test your skills in the Nationals batting cages and information and cancer screenings provided by local medical professionals. We are thrilled ...