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Prevent Cancer applauds FDA stricter regulations for tanning beds proposal

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on May 8th, 2013 | No Comments »
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The Prevent Cancer Foundation applauds the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed changes to its regulation of tanning devices, including a strong recommendation against the use of tanning beds by minors under the age of 18. We support the reclassification as an important first step by the FDA to lower the rising incidence of skin cancer, especially among the nation’s youth. Prevent Cancer has long been a leading force in the prevention or early ...

Fun in the sun! Utah provides soccer leagues with sun safety education

Posted by PCF Admin on January 24th, 2013 | No Comments »
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Kristi Wilcoxson-Smith of the Utah Department of Health’s Cancer Control Program shares news about their Prevent Cancer Foundation funded grant project, “Play it Sun Safe, Utah!.” The 2012 project partnered with soccer leagues as a way to encourage children, parents and coaches to take part in sun safety that can help prevent skin cancer. The Utah Cancer Control Program (UCCP) works to decrease cancer incidence and mortality throughout Utah, with an emphasis on cancers that can ...

The global fight to stop teens’ indoor tanning, reduce skin cancer deaths

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on December 4th, 2012 | No Comments »
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Governments around the world are banning the use of tanning beds for those younger than 18 in a move to protect children and young adults from skin cancer. Growing evidence shows indoor tanning is a direct risk for melanoma skin cancer cases and deaths, with a higher risk for people who use tanning beds under the age of 25. California, Vermont and 22 European countries prohibit teens from using tanning beds. Countries such as Brazil ...

Take caution redheads: Study shows skin cancer risks even without the sun

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on November 20th, 2012 | 1 Comment »
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Medical experts have long claimed that redheads were at a greater risk for skin cancer than other skin types. Their fair skin is thought to provide less natural protection against UV rays from the sun. A recent study with mice shows that redheads may be at risk for melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, even when covered up from the sun. While studying two groups of mice with different pigment-producing genes – one with ...