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

Posted by Rebecca Evans 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 the connection between breast and colorectal cancer. Breast and colorectal cancer are two of the most common cancers in the United States. Evidence shows that what you eat or drink may play a role in either promoting or preventing them. Your risk may be increased, for example, by excessive alcohol intake, eating charred or smoked meat—and not eating lots of fruits and vegetables. Identifying behavior that can be changed is an important step in designing effective interventions to prevent cancer. That is the aim of our research. 2. How is your research progressing? Our study is assessing the inflammatory potential of diet in a large study of postmenopausal women, the Women’s Health Initiative. We know that there are many dietary factors that are pro-inflammatory, including saturated fat, trans ...

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 ...

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

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications and Policy Coordinator on June 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »
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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 ...

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 ...