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Buying Cancer with Influence

October 4, 2012 | Categories: Policy

We are in the middle of another election cycle and much of the conversation is on how much money is being spent on campaigns.  In this context, a recent blog by Leif Vasström, President of the Indoor Tanning Association (ITA), is particularly intriguing.

Looking back over his first year as President, this leader of the trade association for tanning salons claims tremendous victories.  Vasström notes:

A Hero in Every Household

August 22, 2012 | Categories: Prevention

Many years ago, I saved my wife’s life.  Not in that hyperbolic figurative way people talk about when you fix a flat tire in the rain or take them to the airport when the cab is late.  It was in a literal way – that very real, pulse-pounding, act-quickly-or-this-could-go-very-bad kind of way.    

Blunt Tools in the Art of Healing

August 10, 2012 | Categories: Treatment

 Years ago I heard a song by Harry Chapin: 

“If a man tried to take his time on Earth,

and prove before he died what one man's life could be worth,

well I wonder what would happen to this world?” 

The song is about trying to make a difference, trying to impact the world around you for good.  But it raises another question – one that is increasingly relevant in the cancer community:  What is the value of a human being? 

Closing a Gap in Health Care

June 25, 2012 | Categories: Treatment

We live in an information age.  The lyrics of a long-forgotten song, the email address of a high school sweetheart, the cube root of 97 are all available in microseconds through the power of the internet.  Yet even with so much information at our fingertips, sometimes critical information does not reach people who need it to survive.    

Stronger than Iron

June 19, 2012 | Categories: Prevention

Being a triathlete is something of a movement these days.  It follows in the wake of several years’ fascination with running marathons, but takes it a step further. The MRF recently formed a new partnership with the company most closely associated with the sport—Ironman.

A Day With the Doctors

May 14, 2012 | Categories: Research

I spent the day last week in a meeting with doctors and researchers who gathered to discuss ocular melanoma, or melanoma of the eye.  It was the first bi-annual scientific meeting of CURE OM, the MRF’s program focusing on this rare cancer.  Spending 11 hours discussing the science of this cancer was informative and, frankly, rather exhausting.  Several things struck me about this meeting:

Teaching Our Kids Right From Wrong

May 4, 2012 | Categories: News, Prevention

Nobody has ever accused me of being at a loss for words. Ever. But I got awfully close to speechless when I saw the story of a New Jersey mom arrested for putting her daughter into a tanning booth at a salon. Many of the facts around the story are in dispute, though nobody is contradicting what the school nurse saw. A little girl with a serious sunburn. The girl told the nurse that her mom took her tanning.

Where Can You Find Idaho’s State Senate on Twitter? Try #FAIL.

March 28, 2012 | Categories: Prevention

 

In a reversal of what has become something of a national trend, the Idaho State Senate rejected a bill passed by the House that would have prohibited children under the age of 16 from going to indoor tanning salons, and required parental permission for children aged 16 and 17.  Idaho, meanwhile, has the highest melanoma rates in the country.

Brian Williams and Hope

March 9, 2012 | Categories: Treatment

 

The online community for melanoma patients has been abuzz today about a report by Brian Williams on a patient who had a remarkable experience with melanoma.

She was being treated with Yervoy, one of the two new drugs approved last year for metastatic disease, but was not responding well.  Her multiple tumors were growing and a particularly large one was pressing against her spine, causing severe pain.

Mom & Pop’s Selling Cancer

February 13, 2012 | Categories: Causes

 

The recent Congressional report on the way tanning salons market to teenagers is disturbing on a number of levels, though not particularly surprising.  This is, after all, just the latest in a long line of stories about misleading and manipulative tactics from the indoor tanning industry. 

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