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As Melanoma Rates Increase, So Do Survival Rates

Posted by PCF Admin on April 10th, 2012 | No Comments »
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According to an analysis spanning four decades in Minnesota, there is good news and bad news when it comes to skin cancer. From 1970 to 1979 and 2000 to 2009, the incidence of cutaneous melanoma increased but the death risk from melanoma decreased. Although that study may not reflect the entire country, other research from the CDC’s Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results database confirms similar findings nationwide. Over the same time periods as the Minnesota analysis, ...

Tanning Salons Mislead Young Customers

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on February 7th, 2012 | No Comments »
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A recent Congressional report found that tanning salons have often been lying to customers in order to increase their business. From downplaying the risks of tanning to promoting health benefits that don’t exist, tanning salons are taking advantage of young ignorance to boost the $2.6 billion industry. Investigators found that of the 300 salons contacted, ninety percent told them indoor tanning posed no health dangers. Seventy-eight percent said that indoor tanning would actually improve health- preventing ...

AZCC Skin Cancer Institute Helps Babies Be Sun Safe

Posted by Heather Hiscox, MPH, Program Development Coordinator, The Arizona Cancer Center on November 8th, 2011 | No Comments »
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The Prevent Cancer Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to the Skin Cancer Institute (SCI) at the Arizona Cancer Center. The mission of the SCI is to prevent and cure skin cancer in Arizona. Arizona has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the nation: about 1,000 Arizonans are diagnosed with melanoma each year and several thousand develop non melanoma skin cancer. The funding is being used to assess the impact of the Hats On! ...

Caffeine May Help Protect Skin from UV Rays

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on August 24th, 2011 | No Comments »
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There have been a number of recent studies examining the possible cancer preventive properties of caffeine and coffee, focused mainly on prostate and non-melanoma skin cancers. Researchers at Rutgers University, though, have found that ingesting caffeine or rubbing it on the skin may help reduce the risk of developing skin cancer caused by harmful UV rays, due in part to its ability to hinder the protein enzyme ATR during the pre-cancerous stage. Although it remains ...