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It’s always sunny in California

Posted by Maggie Klee on May 16th, 2014 | No Comments »

Save Your Skin - My favorite time of the year is on its way. Summer. Beach trips, pool parties and hiking were how I spent my summers growing up in California. Now that I’ve made you want to vacation in California, here are some sun safety tips I learned after spending 25 years on the Pacific Coast. In California, like in many beach communities, tanning is a part of the culture. And that was my first goal every summer. Summer always entailed a few sunburns, but nothing major right? Wrong. In reality, skin cancer is very dangerous and the number of cases are growing in young adults. After I learned about the dangers of sun exposure, I realized I needed to change my ways immediately. May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Protection Month. Nearly 10,000 people are expected to die from melanoma skin cancer this year. UV rays (ultraviolet rays) from the sun are the primary cause of skin cancer. Are you protecting your skin? Everyone, regardless of age, hair color, race or gender, is at risk. You can still hit the beach and show off your colorful swimsuit, but get smart and make summer sun safety a breeze with these five tips: Tropical scent is my favorite. Always, ...

Medicare panel recommends against payment for CT lung screening tests

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Director of Policy and Advocacy on May 12th, 2014 | No Comments »

Advocacy - The Prevent Cancer Foundation was discouraged to learn that a nine-member Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) determined at the end of April that they could not justify having the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) pay for annual low dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans to detect early lung cancer in former and current heavy smokers. Spiral CT scans detect lung cancer in its early stages and are expected to drop lung ...

In honor of National Women’s Health Week

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications and Policy Coordinator 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 ...

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 ...