City Water Systems in Concord, Dover, Laconia, Lebanon, Lancaster, and
Manchester Receive Award for Fluoridation Efforts
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services,
Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) announced today that the City of
Concord Water Treatment, City of Dover Water Department, Lancaster Water
Department, Laconia Water Works, Lebanon Water Department, and Manchester
Water Works have each been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fluoridation is
the adjustment of the level of fluoride, a naturally occurring element, in
drinking water to an amount that is effective for preventing tooth decay.
The award recognizes those communities that achieved excellence in
community water fluoridation by maintaining an optimal level of fluoridated
water throughout 2014. In all, 2,282 awards will be given out across 33
states. Although seven of these have been awarded to New Hampshire
communities, less than half of the people served by a public water system
(46%) receive fluoridated water. New Hampshire ranks 43 in the country for
the fluoridation of public water systems. Many New Hampshire residents
receive water from private wells which may or may not have naturally
“Community water fluoridation is one of the most effective ways that
communities can prevent tooth decay in children and adults,” stated Dr.
Katherine Weno, DDS, JD, Director, CDC Division of Oral Health. “Our
current research shows that people living in communities with fluoridated
water have about 25% fewer cavities.”
Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of ten great
public health achievements of the 20th Century. Currently, nearly
three-quarters (73.9%)—or 204 million people in the United States—served by
community water systems have access to optimally fluoridated tap water. CDC
recommends water fluoridation as a safe, effective, and inexpensive method
of preventing tooth decay. In fact, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves
at least $38 in costs of dental treatment.
“The New Hampshire DPHS fully supports community water fluoridation as a
strategy to improve the public’s oral health. The proper amount of fluoride
from infancy through old age helps prevent and control tooth decay,” said
Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of Public Health at DPHS. “I commend the
high quality work of the water departments in Concord, Dover, Laconia
Lancaster, Lebanon and Manchester. All residents that receive water from
these municipal services can enjoy community water fluoridation’s safe and
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Cancer.org - Cancer Patients and Survivors Travel to Concord to Urge Legislators to Make Cancer a Priority
Volunteers Meet with Lawmakers to Ask for Support for Oral Chemotherapy Fairness, Indoor Tanning Regulations, and Protecting Access to Healthcare for Low Income, Hardworking Granite Staters
CONCORD – January 19, 2015 – Dozens of cancer patients, survivors and caregivers from across the state will travel to the State House on Wednesday to meet with New Hampshire lawmakers about the need to support oral chemotherapy fairness, protecting minors from indoor tanning, and preserving access to healthcare for low-income, hardworking Granite Staters.
In New Hampshire, an estimated 8,090 people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2015, and 2,730 will lose their battle with the disease. Those gathering at the State House this week are calling on New Hampshire lawmakers to change this by taking steps to make the fight against cancer a priority. The visit is part of the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Legislative Breakfast, which will bring together cancer survivors and volunteers from across New Hampshire.
“As a cancer survivor, I will let my lawmakers know that if we’re going to eliminate cancer as a major health problem in New Hampshire, the fight against this disease must be top of mind for our legislature,” said Dr. Carolyn Claussen of Bedford. “By making oral chemotherapy fairness, healthcare, and the dangers of indoor tanning a priority, we could ensure that progress continues to reduce suffering and death from this disease.”
Specifically, the New Hampshire volunteers will ask the legislature to:
- Support Senate Bill 137, which would help more Granite Staters get affordable access to oral chemotherapy medication.
- Support House Bill 136, which would protect minors under 18 from UV indoor tanning, thus decreasing the risk of deadly skin cancers such as melanoma.
- Support reauthorization of the New Hampshire health protection program to protect access to health care for hard working, low income residents.
“We are meeting with our elected leaders this week as representatives of the many Granite Staters who are diagnosed with cancer each day” said ACS CAN Government Relations Director Mike Rollo. “New Hampshire’s legislature should commit to supporting legislation that provides individuals with serious illnesses like cancer fair and affordable access to treatment and preventative healthcare so we can continue to look forward to new successes in fighting the disease.”
Many of the 8,090 cancer diagnoses and 2,730 deaths in New Hampshire can be prevented. Providing all Granite Staters with access to adequate and affordable healthcare and limiting youth access to high risk activities such as indoor tanning are among is the most effective ways to diminish the death and suffering caused from this disease.
ACS CAN is the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate organization of the American Cancer Society, dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage lawmakers, candidates and government officials to support laws and policies that will make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer. For more information, visit www.acscan.org.
Those in New Hampshire living with cancer and their families are depending on you.
The 2015 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Legislative Breakfast will take place on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the State House in Concord. Cancer advocates, survivors, and members of the legislature are invited to attend from 8-10am.
This is an important day for those living with cancer and their family members and friends to come to the State House to tell their personal stories to their State Legislators. Our leaders must hear these stories so they can take appropriate action on cancer related issues and programs.
Register now at www.acscan.org/2015NHRSVP or call 603-471-4116.
ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit www.acscan.org.
SENATE IMMIGRATION BILL - DAVID BIER
Senate Immigration Bill Needs Rewrite on Guest Workers, Visa Regs, E-Verify, CEI Analyst Says
On Tuesday, the Senate voted to proceed with debate on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). David Bier, Immigration Policy Analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, applauded the vote but urged senators to address several problems with the bill before voting for final passage.
“This vote demonstrates that the Senate is truly committed to fixing America’s immigration system,” Bier said. “But major changes to the bill are still required if Congress hopes to keep America competitive and prevent future waves of illegal immigration.”
Most importantly, Bier said, the bill’s severe restrictions on guest workers need to be relaxed. > Read more
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Concord, NH - Friday, May 24, 2013 is “Don’t Fry Day.” The National Council
on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as
a day to increase awareness about sun safety practices, eliminating
ultraviolet (UV) radiation overexposure, and preventing skin cancer.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the country, and the
percentage of people who develop melanoma has more than doubled in the past
30 years. This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates there will
be more than 76,250 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form
of skin cancer, and more than 2 million new cases of basal cell and
squamous cell skin cancers in the United States.
The majority of melanomas result from exposure to UV rays from the sun,
indoor tanning beds, and sunlamps. Over the past 30 years, the number of
melanoma cases has increased more than any other cancer in both New
Hampshire and the U.S. In 2013, an estimated 350 New Hampshire residents
will be newly diagnosed with melanoma, and about 40 will die from the
A recent issue brief released by the New Hampshire Environmental Public
Health Tracking Program (
that a growing number of young New Hampshire women have been diagnosed with
melanoma. Many young women are using indoor tanning. Using a tanning bed is
particularly dangerous for younger users; people who begin tanning before
age 35 have a 75% higher risk of melanoma.
“Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation,” said Dr.
José Montero, Director of Public Health at the New Hampshire Department of
Health and Human Services. “Unfortunately here in New Hampshire we have
seen an increase in cases lately, particularly among young women. There
are, however, prevention tips everyone can and should follow when it comes
to sun exposure.”
The following tips will help to keep you and your family sun safe this
Avoid getting a sunburn
Avoid sun tanning and tanning beds
Seek shade (between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm when sun’s rays are
Cover up; wear sun-protective clothing
Wear sunglasses with 99-100% UVA/UVB protection
Use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
There is also some important information everyone should know about
sunscreens. New Food and Drug Administration regulations do not allow
sunscreens to use the words “sunblock,” “waterproof,” or “sweatproof”
because all sunscreens need to be reapplied every two hours, and more often
if you are in and out of water or sweating. Sunscreen products that pass
the broad spectrum test are allowed to be labeled as “broad spectrum.”
These “broad spectrum” sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
“Fortunately, skin cancer is highly curable if found early and it can be
prevented,” continued Montero. “The best way to detect skin cancer early is
to examine your skin regularly and recognize changes in moles and skin
growths. Talk with your healthcare professional if you have specific
For more information about Don’t Fry Day, go to
www.epa.gov/sunwise/dfdpledge.html For more information about sun safety
and skin cancer prevention, visit