Prevent Cancer Foundation Blog

Tanning bed lamps will now carry more warnings

Posted by Rebecca Evans 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 alert frequent users that they should regularly be screened for skin cancer and will advise that the lamps should not be used on minors under 18. The FDA acknowledges that indoor tanning lamps emit UV radiation that can cause skin cancer. Did you know that: More than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed in over 2.2 million people each year. 140,000 new cases of melanoma diagnosed in the U.S. this year and approximately 9,710 people will die from the disease. On average, two million Americans tan indoors every day, and over 30 million each year. More than 2.3 million teens tan indoor each year. Indoor tanning increases the chance of developing melanoma by 59 percent and the use of tanning beds before the age of 35 increases the lifetime ...

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 ...

World No Tobacco Day

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Director of Policy and Advocacy 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, ...

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 ...