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ICYMI: July 10, 2015

Monday, July 13th, 2015


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Americans’ Risk of Dying From Cancer Is Falling, CDC Finds

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (U.S. News & World Report) — The risk that any one American will die from cancer — the cancer death rate — is going down, regardless of sex or race, a new government study reports.

However, because the United States has a growing aging population, the overall number of people dying from cancer is on the rise, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

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New Recommendations Could Limit Women’s Access to Life Saving Cancer Screenings

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released new guidelines for breast cancer screenings in April 2015. They’re recommendations suggest women don’t need to start getting mammograms until age 50. They further recommend women ages 50-74 receive mammograms once every two years. Currently, it’s recommended that women receive a mammogram every year after they turn 40. If Congress approves these guidelines, thousands of breast cancer cases could go undetected until late, less-treatable stages. When detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 99%- early detection saves lives.

The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to cover procedures given a grade “B” or higher by the USPSTF. They gave mammograms a “C” grade and a “B” grade to biennial screenings for women 50-74. These new guidelines will force women to pay out of pocket for yearly mammograms which is particularly threatening to underserved and rural areas.

The Task Force also found the evidence regarding 3D mammography to be insufficient giving this form of screening an “I” grade. They dismissed hundreds of peer-reviewed publications that clearly and consistently show 3D mammography significantly increases the detection of invasive cancer while reducing false positive recall rates – both of which are key concerns about traditional mammograms raised by the Task Force. Insurance companies could have less incentive to cover the cost of a 3D mammogram, despite the fact that Medicare already pays for these important tests. You can review the proposed recommendations in more detail here.

This year, 30% of newly diagnosed cancer in women will be breast cancers. Unless Congress acts, women ages 40 – 49 could lose health insurance coverage without cost sharing for mammograms and be forced to cover costs themselves. To urge Congress to dismiss these draft recommendations, you can sign this petition.

We invite you to share this link with your colleagues and on social media channels including #preventcancer and #stoptheguidelines in your posts. Here are some sample posts.


How many cancers are we willing to miss? Sign a petition to protect women’s access to quality care and #mammograms


Of the approximately 40,000 women who die from breast cancer each year, up to 10,000 had cancer that potentially could have been diagnosed with screening mammography prior to the age of 50. Sign a petition to Congress urging it to block new proposed recommendations that could limit access to mammograms

Cancer Prevention Comes to Times Square

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

July 8, 2015

Lisa Berry
(703) 519-2107

ALEXANDRIA, VA.—Residents and tourists of New York City can now see an important message flashing over the busy streets of Times Square this summer: when it comes to our health, cancer prevention is the new focus—and it is sexy.

“Be my bestie, check my testes,” proclaims the public service ad from the Prevent Cancer Foundation, featuring a provocative image of two men with their arms intertwined and baseballs covering one’s testicles. Another ad, featuring a man and a woman with two grapefruits, says “I want you at your best, let me check your chest.”

The ads, wrapping the corner of 43rd Street and Broadway, encourage partners to explore one another’s bodies in search of lumps or irregularities that may be an early sign of cancer.

A new ad will run every two weeks through September, each one providing viewers with reminders that prevention and early detection are not only possible, but are critical to our health. More than 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year and more than 580,000 will die of these diseases. Yet, research shows that up to 50 percent of cancer cases and deaths are preventable with the knowledge that we have today.

“Many instances of cancer can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices, immunizations and cancer screenings, or detected early when they are most treatable,” said Jan Bresch, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “We are so grateful for the generosity of Neutron Media for making this partnership possible so that we can spread the prevention and early detection message in one of the most influential cities in the world.”


About The Prevent Cancer Foundation

Founded in 1985, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is the only U.S. nonprofit focused solely on cancer prevention and early detection. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $138 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and outreach programs across the country.

For more information, please visit

Prevent Cancer Foundation Awards Annual Community Grants

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Funds for cancer prevention programs reach underserved communities nationwide

July 8, 2015

Lisa Berry

(Alexandria, Va.) – Six communities will now get the benefit of cancer prevention and early detection programs, thanks to Prevent Cancer Foundation grants. The grants will enable the communities to educate specific demographics on various preventable or early detectable cancers and HPV. Since 2007, the Prevent Cancer Foundation has awarded grants to 40 projects in 26 states, tribes and territories. The Community Grants program awards funds to community programs that:

  • Focus on helping people prevent cancer or find it earlier when it is more treatable.
  • Demonstrate the potential to make a positive impact in the field of cancer prevention.


American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition will work to motivate 750 American Samoan women to seek breast and cervical health information, screening services and follow-up of abnormal screening results in order to reduce late-stage diagnosis, through the culturally competent Tautai Leveai’i (Talk Story) project.

Esperanza Health Centers will improve colorectal cancer screening rates among uninsured and Medicaid-enrolled Latino adults, as well as insured patients, on the Southwest side of Chicago through coordinated patient navigation, education and screening services. The Colorectal Cancer Pilot Project will provide colorectal education and screening linkage to at least 1000 patients ages 51 to 80.

Martin Luther King Health Center will measure success by providing risk reduction and prevention education to at least 10,000 individuals and screening services and needed follow-up care for at least 350 medically disenfranchised residents in northwest Louisiana. Targeted cancers include breast, cervical, prostate, colon and head, neck and throat disease.

Nevada Health Centers, Inc. will utilize their mobile mammography unit to provide mammography screenings to women who otherwise would not have access to them. The purpose of the program is to increase early detection of breast cancer through mammogram screenings and to reduce breast cancer death rates. The community grant will support mammogram screenings for 80 women in geographically isolated areas throughout Nevada.

Mt. Sinai Breast Health Resource Program will implement the BreastCare, Education and Screening Program through a partnership with Greenhope Services for Women, a residential treatment program for formerly incarcerated and addicted black and Latina women. The program aims to educate 200 women and provide screening services to at least 40 women in New York.

The Center for Rural Health Development, Inc., will convene a statewide HPV Vaccination Stakeholder Summit in West Virginia, to improve and sustain HPV vaccination rates among 9—26-year-olds, in order to reduce the incidence and mortality due to HPV-related cancers. Stakeholders will create an action plan that includes the development of coordinated traditional and social media messages; training opportunities; policy recommendations and evidence based-strategy recommendations.

The Foundation received 80 applications from organizations around the country for the 2015 grants cycle. All eligible applications were reviewed by an external review panel of community outreach, clinical and public health research experts. Visit for more details about the program and funded projects.

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About the Prevent Cancer Foundation:
The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is saving lives through cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, the Foundation has provided $138 million in support of cancer prevention research, education, outreach and advocacy programs nationwide and has played a pivotal role in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important prevention and early detection strategies. For more information, please visit


ICYMI: July 3, 2015

Monday, July 6th, 2015


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Indoor Tanning Rates Decline As Cancer Warnings Mount

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 ( — Heeding warnings about increased cancer risks, a growing number of American adults are saying no to indoor tanning, a new government analysis suggests.

The percentage of adults who frequented indoor tanning salons dropped from 5.5 percent in 2010 to slightly over 4 percent in 2013, according to results of the National Health Interview Survey, a poll of more than 59,000 adults.

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ICYMI: June 26, 2015

Friday, June 26th, 2015


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Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (U.S. News & World Report) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld one of the main tenets of President Barack Obama’s health care law, ruling 6-3 that millions of Americans are entitled to keep the tax subsidies that help them afford insurance.

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ICYMI: June 19, 2015

Friday, June 19th, 2015


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Wearable Devices to Prevent Sunburn

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (The New York Times) — Could new technology succeed where years of public health messages, doctor warnings and nagging moms have failed — to keep us safe from too much sun?

We have all heard about the devastating effects of ultraviolet radiation. It burns, ages, wrinkles, and can even cause cancer. There are 3.5 million cases of skin cancer in the United States each year, yet fewer than one third of people use sunscreen regularly, according to a May report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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ICYMI: June 12, 2015

Friday, June 12th, 2015


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Just 1 shot of HPV vaccine may prevent cervical cancer

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 (CBS News) — Protecting girls from cervical cancer might be possible with just one dose of the HPV vaccine rather than the three now recommended, a new analysis suggests.

The authors of the study acknowledged it isn’t convincing enough to change vaccination strategies immediately. But if their results are confirmed, requiring just one dose of the vaccine could have a big impact on how many girls around the world get immunized.

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ICYMI: June 5, 2015

Friday, June 5th, 2015


Skin Cancer Rates Doubled in the Last 30 Years

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 (TIME) — The rate of diagnoses for the deadliest form of skin cancer has more than doubled since the early 1980s, greatly raising the cost of medical care.

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Tuesday, the melanoma rate has increased from 11.2 cases per 100,000 people in 1982 to 22.7 cases per 100,000 in 2011.

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ICYMI: May 29, 2015

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015


Feature Story

Surgery to Prevent Breast Cancer: When and Why

TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (U.S. News & World Report) — Few events in life are scarier or more stressful than major surgery. Even tougher may be the decision to go under the knife preventively, before a diagnosis is made.

When actress Angelina Jolie told the world two years ago that she’d had preventive surgery to remove her breasts, she received an outpouring of support. She had an estimated 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer, and Jolie wrote in a New York Times op-ed that she made the decision to be there for her family as long as she could.

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Obese Teens More Prone To Bowel Cancer: Study May 28, International Business Times