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Medicare panel recommends against payment for CT lung screening tests

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Director of Policy and Advocacy on May 12th, 2014 | No Comments »

The Prevent Cancer Foundation was discouraged to learn that a nine-member Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) determined at the end of April that they could not justify having the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) pay for annual low dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans to detect early lung cancer in former and current heavy smokers. Spiral CT scans detect lung cancer in its early stages and are expected to drop lung ...

Senate Special Committee on Aging holds “Fight against Cancer” hearing

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Director of Policy and Advocacy on May 9th, 2014 | No Comments »

On Wednesday, May 7, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on Capitol Hill to address “The Fight Against Cancer: Challenges, Progress and Promise.” Chairman Bill Nelson (D-Fla) and Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-Maine) spoke eloquently and passionately about their desire to secure funding for cancer research to support advances in prevention, detection and treatment. Senator Nelson said that although tremendous progress has been made, we are facing a formidable opponent. Additional members of ...

E-cigarettes to be regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Director of Policy and Advocacy on May 7th, 2014 | No Comments »

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule to begin regulating electronic cigarettes. E-cigarettes are battery-operated products designed to deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemicals. There are currently more than 250 brands on the market and the industry is valued at $2.5 billion. They turn chemicals, including highly addictive nicotine, into an aerosol that is inhaled by the user. The FDA has stated that e-cigarettes have not been thoroughly studied and ...

Protecting kids from e-cigarettes

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Director of Policy and Advocacy, and Monique Smaby, Program & Communications Coordinator, Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program on March 18th, 2014 | No Comments »
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The Prevent Cancer Foundation was pleased to see Senator Barbara Boxer (CA) introduce legislation (Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act of 2014) in the Senate that will seek to ban e-cigarette companies from advertising, promoting and marketing their devices to children. Senator Chuck Schumer (NY) also vowed to take a stand against the targeting of children by electronic cigarette companies. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes) are battery-operated products ...