April 9, 2013

Even Use Tanning Beds

1 Melanoma Survivors Still Risk Sun Exposure

Persons who've had melanoma, a deadly skin cancer that kills 9,000 Americans a year, are strictly told to religiously wear sunscreen, avoid direct sunlight and bare skin, and engage in no indoor tanning ever, but a new Yale University study finds that they follow this advice poorly if at all. Although melanoma survivors are nine times more likely to be revisited by the disease in the future, they spend about as much time outside exposed to the sun as cancer-free people of the same age and race with the same insurance coverage. As to sunscreen, while they're twice as likely to use it as other Americans, over 25 percent of them never use it at all. Two percent even acknowledge having visited a tanning salon in the past year, which one researcher called “shocking and concerning.”

More at Www.usatoday.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: First Melanoma Drug That Prolongs Life Approved

Tags: Preventing Skin Cancer, Skin Cancer, Melanoma Risks, Melanoma Survival, Beating Skin Cancer

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Budget Cuts Blamed

2 1 in 38 US Kids Has Lead Poisoning

One in 38 young American children has lead poisoning say health officials. Last year, the government lowered the threshold for lead poisoning, and now more children are considered at risk. Lead poisoning, which used to be a major concern in the US but has declined since lead was removed from paint, gasoline and other sources, can harm a child’s brain, kidneys and other organs. Besides the lowered threshold, health experts blame budget cuts for slashing testing and prevention programs. Once lead poisoning is diagnosed, parents are often referred to local health departments to have their homes checked to try to locate the source. But last year, Congress cut the CDC’s lead program's budget from $29 million to $2 million which ended grants to local health departments for their programs.

More at Www.ap.org | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Infant Food May Be Toxic in Developing Countries

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Lead Poisoning, Lead Poisoning and Brain Development

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