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Bonkers has a message for you: Tanning isn’t cute

Posted by Rebecca Evans on June 10th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Save Your Skin - According to Bonkers Hoffler, wrinkles and tan lines look better on puppies than they do on you. With summer approaching, it’s important to remember to take steps to protect your skin. “Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis and the most preventable cancer,” said Bonkers on her walk through the Prevent Cancer office, “Most skin cancer is caused by damage from the sun’s UV rays (ultraviolet radiation)." This year, an estimated 76,100 people will be diagnosed with melanoma—the most dangerous type of skin cancer—and over 9,710 will die of the disease. Step up. Save your skin. Start today. Get your supplies: SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and lip balm, and sunglasses treated to absorb UV radiation. An ounce (or a palm full) of sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before going out in the sun. Reapply every two hours. (Bonkers recommends setting an alarm so you don’t forget.) Limit your time in the sun. Research indicates that we only need 15 minutes of sun exposure a day to our face, arms and hands to get the benefits of Vitamin D. “Don’t go spoiling a good thing!” said Bonkers. Don't use tanning beds. Indoor UV tanners are 74% more likely to develop melanoma. Watch what you wear. A wide ...

Time to man up!

Posted by Kerry McAuliffe Database and Development Manager on June 9th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Wellness - Gents – contrary to what we think…we are not invincible. This is why I want to let you know about Men’s Health Month. It is important to know what we can do to stay (or get) healthy to live the best and longest lives we can. Did you know that 1 out of 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime? This year alone, 855,220 American men will be diagnosed with cancer. Men’s Health ...

Researcher progress report: The impact of diet on breast and colorectal cancers

Posted by Jenny Twesten, Coordinator, Research and Programs on June 5th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Research - Susan Steck, Ph.D., M.P.H., at the University of South Carolina was awarded the Prevent Cancer Foundation – Living in Pink grant last year for her project, “Dietary Inflammatory Index and Risk of Breast and Colorectal Cancers.” Now that she’s a little over a year into her two-year study, we asked for an update on her project. 1. What led to your interest in cancer prevention research in breast and colorectal cancers? Tell us a little about ...

Be a buddy: When advocacy becomes personal, Part I

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on June 4th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Advocacy - 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 issue’s cover story features local CBS affiliate news co-anchor and Prevent Cancer board member, Andrea Roane, whose family history of cancer inspired her to take steps to live a longer and healthier life and Stop Cancer Before It Starts! Read Part I of Andrea’s ...