State lawmakers across the country are missing important opportunities to pass and implement proven legislative solutions to prevent and fight cancer, according to a report released today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality grades states on the strength of evidence-based policies that help to prevent cancer, which kills roughly 1,670 people a day nationwide, forces patients to pay nearly $4 billion in out-of-pocket expenses every year and in 2015 cost the country more than $80 billion in direct medical expenditures.
Skin Cancer and Indoor Tanning Press Releases
Bill to Protect Rhode Island’s Young People from the Dangers of Skin Cancer Due to Indoor Tanning Passes Senate
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island State Senate and House of Representatives have passed a bill this week to prohibit the use of indoor tanning devices by minors under the age of 18.
Nearly ninety cancer survivors, caregivers and advocates from across the state traveled to the Missouri State Capitol today to call on the General Assembly to make cancer a top legislative priority. Coaches from four state colleges joined volunteers in representation of the Coaches vs. Cancer initiative, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
A bill to protect children from the harms of indoor tanning devices is once again on the precipice of becoming law after passing 45-15 in the Arizona House of Representatives.
The following is a statement from Kimberly Hughes, Mississippi government relations director at American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), on the state legislature’s failure to protect teens from the dangers of tanning beds:
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network recognized U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Del. Amy Summers (R-Taylor) today for leading efforts to help cancer patients achieve a better quality of life. ACS CAN presented the awards this morning at its health policy forum at CAMC Cancer Center in Charleston.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A new law in Oklahoma prohibiting minors from using indoor tanning devices goes into effect Nov. 1.
New Report Shows Significant Opportunities Remain for States to Pass Policies to Save Lives and Money from Cancer
A majority of states are missing critical opportunities to pass and implement legislative solutions proven to prevent and fight cancer, according to the 15th annual How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality.
The Maryland Save Your Skin Coalition applauds Prince George’s County Council for passage earlier today of a local ordinance prohibiting minors from using indoor tanning devices in the county.