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Nevadans Challenged to Get Screened for Colon Cancer

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:34

With March’s Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month fast approaching, health professionals throughout the state are challenging Nevadans to get screened for colon cancer. The disease is the second leading cause of cancer death for men and women in Nevada and nationwide, but with proper screening and early detection the risk of dying from colon cancer can be reduced by up to 70 percent.


Nevada Ranks 42nd in Funding Tobacco Prevention & Cessation

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:43

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids released a national report this week challenging states to step up their tobacco prevention and cessation funding to reduce tobacco use by youth. According to the report, Nevada ranks 42nd in funding programs, spending just $1 million per year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs which is just 3.3% of what the CDC recommends, and just 0.7% of the total revenue the state earns from the tobacco MSA funds and tobacco taxes.

Sunscreen Innovation Act Signed Into Law

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:53

Between the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday shopping, an important bit of Executive Branch news flew under the radar last week. After being passed earlier in the year by both the House and the Senate, President Obama signed the Sunscreen Innovation Act into law on Nov. 29. The law is intended to clear the more than decade-long backlog of sunscreen ingredients awaiting FDA approval. Some ingredients awaiting this approval are more effective at blocking UVA rays from the sun, and most have been in use in Europe for years.

It's Flu Season - Tips for Cancer Patients, Survivors & Caregivers

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 13:12

The message is out there: the single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. You may have heard it on the news: flu vaccine is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older.

Everyone? What about cancer patients and survivors? The short answer is, yes. The longer answer is that while having cancer doesn’t put one at increased risk for getting the flu, cancer patients and survivors have an increased risk of complications from the flu virus, which can include pneumonia, hospitalization, and even death.

Tobacco Free Teens & Youth Advocacy in Nevada

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:57

While youth advocacy is an important part of tobacco prevention initiatives, sometimes it takes an adult role model who knows precisely the dangers of tobacco use to really drive home the message. In 2013, through a grant from the State’s Comprehensive Cancer Control program, NCC hosted the Tobacco Free Teens Project, an in-person presentation with former teen tobacco user and oral cancer survivor Gruen Von Behrens. The project took Von Behrens to 11 rural Nevada middle and high schools to speak to more than 4,000 youth about the very real, not always distant future impacts of tobacco use.

How Do You Measure Up 2014 - A Look at Nevada's Cancer Policies

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:41

Last week the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network released the 2014 version of their annual “How Do You Measure Up?,” (HDYMU) a progress report on state legislative activity to reduce cancer incidence and mortality. Since Nevada’s lawmakers only meet every other year, Nevada hasn’t seen much progress from the 2013 report to now. However, we think it’s great to take a look at what has changed with the rollout of the insurance provisions of the Affordable Care Act as well as how Nevada now stacks up against other states.



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