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Congresswoman Maloney pushes FDA to ban tanning bed use for minors nationwide

Posted by Rebecca Evans on July 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »
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Advocacy - The Prevent Cancer Foundation supports Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) as she pushes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the use of tanning beds for minors under the age of 18. Rep. Maloney recently stood on the steps of New York City Hall to promote this nationwide ban, stating that “All across America today, teenagers will be making a purely fashion and fad decision that could be harmful to their health, and in fact cause cancer.” Each year 2.3 million U.S. teenagers tan indoors. Indicated a shift in their approach to the devices, the FDA recently changed its regulation to put stricter warnings on tanning beds, reclassifying them with a black box warning, which is the strongest measure used to inform consumers of risk. The warnings alert frequent users that they should regularly be screened for skin cancer and that the lamps should not be used by minors under 18. People who spend time in the sun, or in tanning beds, are at an increased risk for skin cancer. Indoor tanning beds emit UVA and UVB radiation at levels that can be 15 times stronger than the sun. More than 170,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer in the U.S. each year ...

Rooting for prevention at the Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications and Policy Coordinator on | No Comments »
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Events - The Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run crew is proud to root for a team that cares about prevention. Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals recently announced that he is giving up smokeless tobacco after the death of his mentor, Tony Gwynn. Gwynn, who died on June 16 from salivary cancer at the age of 54, was a professional baseball player and Strasburg’s former coach at San Diego State. Smokeless tobacco, common in the professional baseball industry, significantly increases ...

Jeff Pulver: Living with intention

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on July 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »
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Prevention - Do you know your family health history? It’s your first step in becoming your own best health advocate. The spring issue of Cancer PreventionWorks focuses on knowing your health background. This story features an accomplished communicator and Internet pioneer who transformed his life through healthy eating and exercise. Make sure to check out the full spring 2014 issue of Cancer PreventionWorks. As founder and chief executive officer of pulver.com, and co-founder of Vonage and Zula, Jeff ...

Exercising during chemotherapy: Arthur McWilliams’s success story

Posted by Daniel Yakupka and Arthur McWilliams on July 1st, 2014 | No Comments »
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Events - I know you’re tired, don’t feel like eating and just want to crawl into bed. But motion = life. Exercise helps crush many different challenges, physically and mentally. It overloads the body's software and hard drive, makes all the human systems communicate and unifies the body. You feel better because your body and muscles are active. Exercise also boosts the immune system through positive energy, and gives patients an extra boost during their toughest days. Arthur McWilliams, ...