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In Nevada, hundreds of children are battling various types of cancer each day. The Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation estimates they’ll work with nearly 40 new families this year in addition to those already working with the foundation, and in Las Vegas the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada will serve more than 600 families. These are numbers to keep in mind as we enter Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, observed throughout September.
Some quick facts about childhood cancer:
According to a new report, Nevada’s statewide cancer policies are falling behind in many areas. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s annual “How Do You Measure Up?” report was released yesterday and compares Nevada to other states on a variety of cancer policy issues. Using a variety of metrics and rated on a “green,” “yellow,” or “red” scale, the report ranks the Silver State at yellow or red in many areas, indicating Nevada has a way to go in defeating cancer.
On Monday July 1, 2013 Nevada joined Vermont, California and Oregon in prohibiting minors under the age of 18 from indoor tanning. In addition, the new law includes safety measures and education for adults who tan indoors.
Each day in the United States over 3,800 young people under 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette, and over 1,000 youth under age 18 become daily cigarette smokers. One of the most important - and widely cited - findings on smoking and health is that virtually all cigarette smoking and tobacco usage begins before adulthood. While the prevalence of tobacco usage among Nevada’s youth has dropped significantly in the past decade, our rate still remains at 17% and seems to be climbing again.
The Las Vegas Wranglers are making a difference for cancer AGAIN this year and they contacted us! We are thrilled to partner with the Wranglers to raise awareness about men’s health and cancer issues, and to support efforts outlined in the Nevada Comprehensive Cancer Plan specific to prostate and colorectal cancer.