Prevent Cancer Foundation Blog

U.S. Surgeon General’s Call-to-Action to Prevent Skin Cancer

Posted by Rebecca Evans on July 30th, 2014 | No Comments »

Advocacy - “Tanned skin is damaged skin and we need to shatter the myth that tanned skin is a sign of health.”   The Prevent Cancer Foundation was extremely pleased with the release of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call-to-Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. At the recent press conference, Assistant Secretary for Health Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH, and melanoma survivor Stacey Escalante launched the call-to-action. Background Messages from all speakers were clear: we need to promote prevention because skin cancer is preventable. Stay out of the tanning bed and make sure to lather up and repeat applications of sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Why? Skin cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. Approximately 63,000 new cases and 9,000 deaths are attributable to melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) each year with a price tag of over $8 billion. The number of Americans diagnosed with skin cancer in the last three decades outpaces the diagnoses for all other cancers combined. While the incidence for many other cancers decreases, the melanoma incidence has tripled over the past 25 years. This is an outrage for a disease that is largely preventable. One in ...

Reaching American Indian youth with HPV education

Posted by Erica Childs Warner, Director, Evaluation & Outreach on July 28th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Community Outreach - Almost all cervical cancers are linked to the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV vaccinations and routine Pap tests make cervical cancer one of the most preventable cancers. Unfortunately, the cervical cancer mortality rate for American Indian women is 5 times that of the U.S. rate. This death rate, coupled with low vaccination rates and a lack of culturally appropriate cancer prevention education materials for American Indians make the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Community Grant to the ...

Announcing the 2015 Dialogue for Action™: Expanding Access through Innovation!

Posted by Karen Peterson, Vice President, Programs on July 24th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Conferences - Mark your calendars for this can’t-miss event on April 22 – 24, 2015. Preparation for the 2015 Dialogue is underway. We’re working to bring you the best information about technology, policy, expanding access to cancer screening and health care and more. We’re organizing sessions, lining up speakers and planning new networking opportunities. The Dialogue is an essential conference for those passionate about cancer screening. You can exchange ideas with primary care physicians, medical specialists, individuals working in ...

KIPP DC Discovery Academy and the Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run

Posted by Joey Frye, Captain of Team KIPP DC: Discover Academy on July 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »
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5k - Recently, a beloved student of our school and community lost her mother to breast cancer. Diagnosis of her condition was made aware to our staff this past winter, and just as we began the summer preparing for the upcoming school year, we were informed that she had lost her battle with the disease. I know personally that the speedy progression of the disease and its ultimate fate was a real eye-opener and reminder of how ...