by Kristen Power
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Sun Smart Schools, NCC's signature skin cancer prevention program for Nevada's students, kicked off its second year of programming in the 2016-17 school year by expanding from seven pilot schools to 22 participating schools. Students in pre-K through 12th grade in public, private, and parochial schools all participated in the program with the support of teachers, nurses, and school and district administration.
Some of the past year's successes include:
In 2013 Nevada was the fourth state in the nation to prohibit minors under 18 from using indoor tanning devices. NRS 597 outlines the law's key requirements, which include posting both notices and warnings about the risks of indoor tanning, requiring customers to sign a form acknowledging the risks of indoor tanning, and as mentioned, prohibiting minors from using the devices. It was a victory for NCC and other cancer control partners and numerous legislative sessions working to pass the law.
by Christine Thompson
Most of us of Nevadans – nearly 85 percent to be exact – don’t smoke. We appreciate working and eating and being entertained in the clean air environments that (most) workplaces and public venues are required by state law to provide. Some companies go even further to explicitly prohibit tobacco use and/or vaping in company vehicles, on company grounds, or during work-related events.
by Christine Thompson
Most of us of Nevadans – nearly 85 percent to be exact – don’t smoke. We appreciate working and eating in the clean air environments that (most) workplaces and public venues are required by state law to provide. Some companies go even further to explicitly prohibit tobacco use and/or vaping in company vehicles, on company grounds, or during work-related events.
Students at Lucille S. Rogers Elementary School will be made in the shade on the school’s playground with the recent donation of seven shade trees, plus an additional $3,000 to purchase more. The donations were provided as part of the school’s involvement with the Sun Smart Schools program, a statewide sun safety and skin cancer prevention program for students in pre-K through 12th grade. The trees will be dedicated at a school assembly Thursday, May 11 at 10:55 a.m.
Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month kicks off May 1 with Melanoma Monday, and continues throughout the month to encourage sun safety and skin cancer prevention.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, the number of Americans who have had skin cancer at some point in the last three decades is estimated to be higher than the number for all other cancers combined. And melanoma has become one of the most common cancers among the nation’s adolescents and young adults.
By Kristen Power
Last year I sat in on a webinar presented by HPV and cancer expert Deanna Kepka, PhD, MPH from the College of Nursing and Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. This wasn’t my first HPV webinar, and it wasn’t the first time I’d heard much of the information. But it was the first time I’d heard this:
by Kristen Power I sit writing this post on the eve of National Cancer Prevention month in February and a handful of days before World Cancer Day, February 4, wracking my brain as to what I can say about cancer prevention that hasn’t been said a million times before. I’ll be honest. There’s nothing new to say. What worked for cancer prevention last year, three-and-a-half years ago when I started working at NCC, and years before that, still works today.
This post originally appeared as a guest post on the Immunize Nevada blog.
Preventing cancer just got a little easier. That’s a big deal. The official news at the end of 2016 was a change to the recommendation for HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination, reducing the recommended number of doses from three to just two for girls and boys who initiate the series at ages 9 through 14 years.