Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on Facebook

We are thinking PINK around the Kansas City Metro Office – Relay For Life season is in full swing, but Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is right around the corner.

We just started our MSABC of Kansas City page on Facebook – help us spread the word about the event and stay up to date on all of our plans! Click here to ‘Like’ us!

Save the Date for Saturday, October 29, 2011 for our 3rd Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Kansas City. If you have any questions or would like to sign up your team, visit makingstrideskansascity.org.

 

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Government Relations Hard At Work

The Missouri legislative session ended May 13th and here is an update on a few issues of importance in the fight against cancer.

Successes:

  • Secured full funding ($500,000) for the Show-Me Healthy Women Program in the 2012 budget.
  • Sent legislation to the Governor that will make sure that all money from the sale of Breast Cancer Awareness license plates go to the Show-Me Healthy Women Program and are not diverted.
  • Sent legislation to the Governor that would make sure that cancer patients would have access to clinical trials.
  • Fully implemented tobacco cessation for Medicaid recipients
  • Governor vetoed legislation that ACS was opposed to that  would make it easier for employers to discriminate against cancer patients.

The more legislators hear from you, the more of an impact our efforts will make in the years to come.  Please also encourage others you know to become involved in our advocacy efforts.  There is power in numbers and we welcome as many new advocates as we can find!
If you would like more information on issues from this session or would like to become more involved in our advocacy efforts, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Visit acscan.org/mo for more information on what is going on with our Government Relations team!

Protect Your Skin: Don’t Fry Day on May 27th

The Friday before Memorial Day is Don’t Fry Day, and the American Cancer Society is collaborating with the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention to promote skin cancer awareness all summer long.

Skin cancer is one of the few preventable cancers, yet it is on the rise in the U.S. More than two million new cases of skin cancer in the U.S. are diagnosed each year. Melanoma, the most serious type of sun-related skin cancer, accounted for about 68,130 cases in 2010 and about 8,700 of the 11,790 deaths due to skin cancer each year. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer among young adults age 25-29.

Visible symptoms of skin cancer don’t show up for many years because sun damage remains in the deep layers of the skin. It is cumulative and can eventually cause cancer. Experts recommend year-round use of sunscreen. More UV radiation than ever now hits the earth, and prolonged or intense sun exposure can have serious consequences.

The good news is that the public can take steps to protect themselves while exercising and enjoying the outdoors by remembering the following tips:

  • Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  •  Slip on a shirt: cover up with protective clothing to guard as much skin as possible when you are out in the sun. Choose comfortable clothes made of tightly woven fabrics that you cannot see through when held up to a light.
  • Slop on sunscreen: Use sunscreen and lip balm with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen (about a palm full) and reapply after swimming, toweling dry, or perspiring. Use sunscreen even on hazy or overcast days.
  • Slap on a hat: Cover your head with a wide-brimmed hat, shading your face, ears, and neck. If you choose a baseball cap, remember to protect your ears and neck with sunscreen.Wrap on sunglasses: Wear sunglasses with 99% of 100% UV absorption to provide optimal protection for the eyes and the surrounding skin.
  • Use the UV index to forecast to help protect yourself from the harmful UV exposure. The UV index indicates the strength of UV radiation on a scale from 1 (low) to 11+ (extremely high).
  • Look for shade, especially in the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are strongest. Practice the shadow rule and teach it to children. If your shadow is shorter than you, the sun’s rays are at their strongest.
  • Follow these practices to protect your skin even on cloudy or overcast days. UV rays travel through clouds.
  •  Avoid other sources of UV light. Tanning beds and sun lamps are dangerous because they can damage your skin.

A world with less cancer is a world with more birthdays. The key to celebrating more birthdays is to stay well. For more information on how to stay well and prevent skin cancer, call the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour cancer information line at 1.800.227.2345 or visit cancer.org/sunsafety.