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.
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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.
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.
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. Second, we’re encouraging businesses and organizations to voluntarily adopt a smoke free meetings policy, essentially committing to only host or sponsor meetings in smoke free indoor locations.
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.
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.