This week the Nevada Cancer Coalition submitted a public comment to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to their proposed new rule, referred to as the deeming rule, that would extend the FDA's authority to regulate all other "tobacco products" not currently regulated including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah, pipe tobacco, and other similar products. The e-cigarette and cigar industries, including manufacturers and retailers, have been rallying customers and supporters to flood the FDA with comments urging exemptions and weaker regulations.
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Cancer prevention for children is generally a fairly straightforward task. Parents can feed their children healthy meals, encourage plenty of exercise, ensure they're wearing sunscreen, and teach them about the dangers of tobacco use. One cancer prevention tactic has become a bit more controversial in recent years though, despite its very direct impact on preventing cancer. The HPV vaccination can protect against cervical cancer, anal cancer, and several oral cancers, to name a few.
In recent months the Nevada Cancer Coalition has been working on the Smoke Free Meetings project, and exciting opportunity through partnership with the Washoe County Health District. The project is two-fold. First, we’re expanding the list of recognized indoor locations for smoke free meetings within Washoe County, Storey County and Carson City.
The Affordable Care Act has not only expanded healthcare coverage to millions of people who previously lacked insurance, but has taken a step to improve health outcomes by making preventive health services more accessible and affordable. All healthcare marketplace plans and many other healthcare plans, including non-grandfathered private insurance plans, must cover a list of preventive services (also known as the Essential Health Benefits) without charging a co-payment, co-insurance, or other cost-sharing, regardless if the yearly deductible has been met.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one million people in the United States are at increased risk for adverse health outcomes due genetic factors such as Lynch syndrome and hereditary breast/ovarian cancer. In recent years the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations that can contribute to a woman’s breast cancer risk have earned more time in the spotlight, most notably a year ago with Angelina Jolie’s highly publicized decision based on having the gene.
Each year the month of May is designated National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. NCC's intern project assistant Ashley Davis has focused on skin cancer prevention and Nevada's 2013 tanning legislation for the spring semester leading up to this awareness month. This week she guest blogs for us on skin cancer prevention and detection.
Monday, May 5 marks the annual “Melanoma Monday,” an awareness day created by the American Academy of Dermatologists to promote early detection and prevention for melanoma and other types of skin cancer. The day also helps to kick off Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, recognized nationally each May.
There has been a recent surge of news reports about e-cigarettes touching on regulation (more specifically the lack of it), poisoning concerns, youth targeting and usage, clean air policy, and overall safety of e-cigs as a smoking device. It’s hard to keep up with all that’s happening, but if public health workers are going to catch up to and eventually get ahead of the companies that are pedaling these devices, time is a commodity. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the latest news on e-cigarettes that you should know about:
In addition to being National Public Health Week, this week April 7 – 11 is also National Cancer Registrars Week (NCRW). The purpose of NCRW is to emphasize the crucial role cancer registrars play in capturing the data that informs cancer research, prevention, and treatment programs.
This week, April 7 – 11, 2014, is National Public Health Week. It’s an opportunity to recognize the contributions of the many organizations that work towards healthy communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Their ultimate goal: the improved health and well-being of people in local communities and around the globe. That’s no small feat!