Prevent Cancer Foundation Blog

On the road again: The 2014 Prevent Cancer Super Colon tour

Posted by Maggie Klee on June 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »

The Super Colon - With the end of spring comes the winding down of the national Prevent Cancer Super Colon™ tour. Since March 1, I’ve traveled to Sebring, Florida, Virginia Beach, Virginia and Thousand Oaks, California with an eight-foot high, twenty-foot long giant inflatable colon as my only companion (Just kidding. We work with a company called Event Strategies Inc. to transport the exhibit. Thanks Cris and Chuck!). I’m often asked, “You must have the best job ever, huh?” and the answer is always a resounding “Yes.” I travel to random and interesting places across our great country to raise awareness for a cause that saves lives. Sebring, Florida Nurse Brooke and her husband Tom Moran, who works for the Florida Department of Health in Highlands County, were amazing hosts for the health fair in Sebring. The 120 attendees were friendly and eager to learn about Prevent Cancer and colorectal cancer prevention and early detection. A screen in the back of the room showed a video of a colonoscopy and a variety of health-related organizations from the Highlands County community gave away educational materials. Virginia Beach, Virginia Staff members from UVA Cancer Center, our 2013 Screening Saves winner, made nine hours fly by fast! Every Shamrock Marathon participant had ...

Tanning bed lamps will now carry more warnings

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

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day

Posted by Jan Bresch, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer on June 1st, 2014 | No Comments »

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 »

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, ...