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Tuesday
Jan202015

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.

Thursday
Jan082015

New Hampshire Residents Urged to Bring Cancer Stories to the State House  

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.

 

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Thursday
Jun132013

CEI Today: Senate immigration bill, cancer rates & pesticides, and EPA bias 

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

 

> Interview David Bier

 

PESTICIDES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

Openmarket.org: Cancer Rates Low Among Pesticide Workers

If chemical exposures are a significant cause of cancer, as some environmentalists say, you’d expect that individuals who apply pesticides for a living would have higher cancer rates. But a recent study conducted by the U.K.-based Health and Safety Laboratory indicates, that’s not the case—at least not for pesticide workers. > Read more

 


> Visit Safechemicalpolicy.org


EPA BIAS - BRIAN McNICOLL

Daily Caller: EPA’s explanation for FOIA bias leaves a lot of questions unanswered

The Environmental Protection Agency has been under fire for weeks over allegations it treats right-of-center groups harshly when they request documents under the Freedom of Information Act but promptly assists left-of-center requesters.

The EPA finally has its response, and it looks like the agency took a page from the Politician Handbook and answered not the questions that were raised by Chris Horner, my colleague at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, but those it created specifically for this situation.
> Read more

 

> Interview Brian McNicoll

 

CEI ANNUAL DINNER & GALA

FEATURING

THE HONORABLE RAND PAUL


JUNE 20, 2013

 


cei.org/ceidinner

 

   

 

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

JUNE 17 EVENT

What Should Congress Do about Cell Phone Unlocking?

Should copyright law stop you from unlocking your cell phone? Join TechFreedom and CEI on June 17 for a lunch discussion. Opening remarks by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai. 

> RSVP

TEN THOUSAND COMMANDMENTS

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 


This year marks the publication of the 20th anniversary edition of the CEI’s annual survey of the federal regulatory state, Ten Thousand Commandments.  cei.org/10kc

> Follow 10kc on Twitter

> See also: Wall Street Journal editorial, Red Tape Record Breakers

 





 

Saturday
May252013

NH Division of Public Health Recognizes “Don’t Fry Day”

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

disease.



A recent issue brief released by the New Hampshire Environmental Public

Health Tracking Program (

www.nh.gov/epht/publications/documents/melanoma-issue-brief.pdf) highlights

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

summer:



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

strongest)

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

questions.”



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

www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/prevention.htm

Tuesday
Mar262013

CEI Today: Saturated animal fat, cancer clusters, and Law of the Sea Treaty 

NANNY STATE FOOD POLICY - HANS BADER
   
Openmarket.org: When The Nanny State Kills

 

The government told people to switch from saturated animal fats to unsaturated vegetable fats. But that advice may have killed a lot of people. As David Oliver notes, a recent study “in the British Medical Journal” shows that ”those who heeded the advice” from public-health officials “to switch from saturated fats to polyunsaturated vegetable oils dramatically reduced their odds of living to see 2013,” incurring up to a ”60% increase in risk of death by switching from animal fats to vegetable oils.”

As Oliver, an expert on mass torts,
points out, it is hard to ”think of any mass tort, or combination of mass torts, that has produced as much harm as the advice to change to a plant oil-based diet” may have done. >Read more


> Interview Hans Bader

CANCER CLUSTERS - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

Openmarket.org: The Cancer Clusters That Weren’t


A recent post in ACSH Dispatch examines an interesting question: How likely is it that some U.S. communities have elevated cancer rates, a.k.a, “cancer clusters,” because of chemical pollution? The answer: not very.

It is true that chemicals cause cancers where people are exposed for long periods of time to very high levels. For example, populations in Taiwan whose drinking water was contaminated with extremely high levels of
arsenic for many decades experienced elevated rates of skin cancer. Is that a cluster? Surely it is. Does it convey information about the risks to populations exposed to much lower concentrations? Not particularly. > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini

LAW OF THE SEA TREATY - IAIN MURRAY

NCPA: LOST at Sea



The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea — known as UNCLOS or LOST (Law of the Sea Treaty) — recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, but has yet to be ratified by the U.S. Senate. Originally drafted in New York City between 1973 and 1982, the Treaty was deemed unacceptable by the Reagan administration. After the fall of the Soviet Union, one of the original treaty’s main proponents, a series of amendments were proposed to meet American objections. The United States signed the amendments, but not the Treaty itself, in 1994. For legal purposes, however, the U.S. government regards the Treaty as customary international law.

Many objections to the Treaty are based on arguments of national sovereignty. However, there are very sound economic and environmental reasons why the U.S. Senate should continue to reject ratification.
  > Read more


> Interview Iain Murray

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.