Melanoma Skin Cancer Rates are on the Rise
If rates of melanoma continue to increase at the current pace, 112,000 new cases will be diagnosed in 2030, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
World No Tobacco Day
May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, an annual awareness day sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1987 to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and encourage governments to adopt effective policies to reduce smoking and other tobacco use.
E-Cigarette Use Triples Among Middle and High School Students
E-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Tobacco Products.
New Documentary Explores History of Cancer
An original 6-hour documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies will air in three 2-hour segments March 30, 31 and April 1 on all PBS channels nationwide.
Celebrating 25 Years of No Smoking in Airplanes
Take a deep breath and imagine (or if you’re old enough – remember) what the air quality would be like in an airplane when everyone in the back was smoking. It was just 25 years ago that legislation was passed banning smoking on all domestic flights in the US.
World Cancer Day 2015: ‘Not Beyond Us’
Wednesday, February 4th is World Cancer Day, when organizations and individuals around the world unite to raise awareness about cancer and work to make it a global health priority.
Surgeon General Calls for Action to Prevent Skin Cancer
The US Surgeon General’s office is drawing national attention to skin cancer, calling it a major public health problem that requires immediate action.
Organizations Commit to Goal of 80% Colon Cancer Testing Rate by 2018
Health-related organizations commit to increase the nation’s colon cancer testing rate to 80% by the year 2018 to help reduce colon cancer incidence and death rates. Learn more here.
White House Recognizes Colon Cancer Awareness Month
The White House has issued a proclamation signed by President Barack Obama recognizing March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The proclamation encourages Americans to discuss colon cancer with their doctors and get recommended screening tests.
CVS Pharmacies to Stop Selling Cigarettes
CVS Caremark, the parent company of CVS pharmacies, has announced it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in all of its approximately 7,600 stores by October 1, 2014.
ACS CAN Responds to State of the Union Address
In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama made several statements about cancer and health care that Dick Woodruff, Vice President of ACS CAN called “optimistic.”
Major Parts of Health Care Law to Go into Effect
A major piece of the health care law, known as the Affordable Care Act, gets underway October 1. That’s when health insurance “marketplaces” open in every state and Washington, DC, that enable uninsured Americans and some others to go online to compare health insurance plans and select the best one for them and their families. Read more here.
The American Cancer Society Marks 100 Years
This May the American Cancer Society is turning 100 years old. It’s marking the occasion by celebrating the many successes the organization has contributed to in the fight against cancer during the last century.
NFL Veteran Chris Draft Tackles Lung Cancer Awareness
Former NFL linebacker Chris Draft wants everybody to know the disturbing facts about lung cancer: that it kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, and melanoma skin cancer combined.
Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act
The United States Supreme Court has upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the 2010 health care reform law.
Tobacco Atlas: Tobacco Kills 6 Million in 1 Year
In 2011, tobacco use killed almost 6 million people worldwide. Tobacco-related deaths have nearly tripled around the world in the past decade.
New CDC Ads Show Harsh Consequences of Smoking
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today began running a series of ads that tell the stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases.
Surgeon General’s Report Calls Youth Smoking an ‘Epidemic’
Every day, more than 3,800 children in the United States smoke their first cigarette, according to a new report from the US Surgeon General, putting themselves at risk for addiction and diseases.
FDA Announces Steps to Ease Cancer Drug Shortages
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Tuesday that it is taking steps to increase the supply of 2 cancer drugs on its drug shortage list: liposomal doxorubicin (Doxil )and methotrexate.
Manufacturer Releasing Emergency Supplies of Methotrexate
A maker of the cancer drug methotrexate, Bedford Laboratories, has advised the FDA that it will release emergency supplies of preservative-free methotrexate to meet patients’ needs.
National Cancer Act Marks Milestone
Much progress has been made in cancer research in the 40 years since the National Cancer Act was enacted.
New Website Helps Explain Health Care Law
Eight consumer and health organizations have created a new Web site to help the public understand the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law enacted last year.