• Massachusetts Moves to Protect Teens from Indoor Tanning

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    Great news last week out of Massachusetts where Governor Charlie Baker and the state legislature enacted new legislation to prevent youth under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning devices. ACS CAN staff and volunteers have been working hard to protect Massachusetts teens from the harms of indoor tanning and we’re hoping that this early legislative win in 2016 sets the tone for other states to do the same.… [Read more]

  • Guest Post: My Call to Action from the Vice President

    Raha’s One Degree is her younger brother, Roozie – her real-life superhero. Roozie, who was first diagnosed with cancer at age 9, passed away in October 2015 at age 21 after his fourth cancer diagnosis.

    We invited Raha Assadi-Lamouki to share her story – the same story she shared with the vice president – and tell us what the Moonshot initiative means to her and her family.… [Read more]

  • World Cancer Day 2016: “We Can”

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    Today is World Cancer Day (WCD), a day when the world again unites in the fight against cancer. Organized by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), World Cancer Day is saving lives by raising awareness about cancer, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action. … [Read more]

  • Investing in Cures

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    After years of stalled and anemic funding levels for critical cancer research, Congress came together at the end of last year in a major way to pass the biggest funding increases for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) in more than a decade. Champions, including Rep. Kevin Yoder from Kansas, acknowledged the importance of making cancer a national priority and rallied together to make sure resources were available to advance detection tests, treatments and therapies for a disease that is expected to kill nearly 600,000 people in America this year.… [Read more]

  • Guest Post: It’s Not Harder Than Cancer: A Survivor’s Perspective on Healthy Eating and Active Living

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    For Americans who do not use tobacco, diet, weight and physical activity level are the leading risk factors for cancer. There is also growing evidence that a healthy weight, good nutrition and regular physical activity improve health outcomes and quality of life for those undergoing cancer treatment, and reduce the risk of recurrence for cancer survivors. ACS CAN advocates for legislation and policies that promote healthy eating and active living. On Dec. 10, ACS CAN, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) hosted a policy seminar on nutrition and physical activity interventions for cancer survivors.… [Read more]

  • Guest Post: Addressing Health Care Disparities

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    Despite the major achievements in tobacco control, tobacco disparities continue to worsen among some of our nation’s diverse populations… Eliminating tobacco-related disparities can only occur if we collectively advance the principles we discussed at ACS CAN’s National Summit on Health Equity. What does this look like? A commitment to addressing health equity can be demonstrated in many ways. … [Read more]

  • A Great Day to Quit Tobacco

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    It’s the American Cancer Society’s 40th Annual Great American Smokeout – an annual opportunity to join others across the country in a dedicated day to make a plan to quit tobacco. This year, the Society is encouraging tobacco users to, “Quit like a champion.”

    At ACS CAN, we’re honoring the spirit of the day by urging Congress and the Obama administration to support tobacco users in their quitting quest, by championing legislation and policies that are proven to help people stop smoking and prevent a next generation from getting started on the path to addiction.… [Read more]

  • Guest Post: Giving the Stamp of Approval to Breast Cancer Research

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    Today, we’re faced with a wide range of ways to support the fight against breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As the month comes to a close, however, we must remember that breast cancer doesn’t take a break. All of us must continue to work together to battle this deadly disease long after the pink displays disappear.… [Read more]

  • Guest Post: Running Against Cancer

    Today I had the pleasure of meeting Don Wright, a 74-year-old cancer survivor who will be running this weekend in the Marine Corps Marathon, his 90th marathon since being diagnosed in 2003.… [Read more]

  • Palliative Care: Is Your State Making the Grade?

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    Large hospitals tend to be the major providers of palliative care services, but just how many hospitals are meeting this need? That’s what the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) set out to discover in their 2015 State-by-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation’s Hospitals released today.

    One of the goals of the state-by-state report card is to help lawmakers increase the availability of palliative care for the millions of seriously ill Americans in the U.S. who could benefit from an extra layer of support throughout treatment, survivorship and onward. … [Read more]

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