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In honor of National Women’s Health Week

Posted by Rebecca Evans on May 11th, 2014 | No Comments »

Prevention - Today marks two occasions: Mother’s Day and the beginning of National Women’s Health Week, a week devoted to educating women about how to live longer and healthier lives. One in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The three most common cancers among women - breast, lung and colorectal - will take the lives of over 136,370 women in this year alone. Let’s celebrate Mother’s Day and National Women’s Health Week by talking about prevention. Listen up, ladies: 1. Don’t be shy. You need to know if your family has a history of cancer. It plays a significant role in your overall cancer risk. 2. If you’re 21 or over, it’s time for Pap tests. We know – there are plenty of things you would rather do than visit the gynecologist – but temporary discomfort is better than cervical cancer. Women between 21 and 29 should get Pap tests every 3 years and women between 30 and 65 should get Pap tests plus HPV tests every 5 years. The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is also recommended for girls between the ages of 11 and 12. 3. Get to know your breasts. Breast self-exams help you know your body well enough to recognize when something ...

5 of the healthiest cheeses

Posted by Monique Smaby, Program & Communications Coordinator, Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program on May 9th, 2014 | No Comments »

Healthy Eating - You don’t normally see cheese on healthy food lists, but it’s part of pretty much everyone’s diet. No matter how healthy I eat, there is always room for a little cheese. This month, I did some research on the healthiest types of cheese that you can enjoy at breakfast, lunch and dinner. In general, choose cheeses that are low in sodium and fat - soft cheeses tend to have higher amounts of both. Here are 5 cheeses ...

Senate Special Committee on Aging holds “Fight against Cancer” hearing

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Director of Policy and Advocacy on | No Comments »

Advocacy - On Wednesday, May 7, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on Capitol Hill to address “The Fight Against Cancer: Challenges, Progress and Promise.” Chairman Bill Nelson (D-Fla) and Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-Maine) spoke eloquently and passionately about their desire to secure funding for cancer research to support advances in prevention, detection and treatment. Senator Nelson said that although tremendous progress has been made, we are facing a formidable opponent. Additional members of ...

E-cigarettes to be regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Director of Policy and Advocacy on May 7th, 2014 | No Comments »

Advocacy - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule to begin regulating electronic cigarettes. E-cigarettes are battery-operated products designed to deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemicals. There are currently more than 250 brands on the market and the industry is valued at $2.5 billion. They turn chemicals, including highly addictive nicotine, into an aerosol that is inhaled by the user. The FDA has stated that e-cigarettes have not been thoroughly studied and ...