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World No Tobacco Day

May 29, 2015 | By Kevin Holmes

Dear Partners, For World No Tobacco Day 2015, we’re asking you to join us in a ‘blackout’ of all social media pages this Sunday, May 31. Your participation will help raise awareness about tobacco and nicotine use in Arkansas. It is important for individuals know that whether it’s e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco, these products are not […]

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May 19, 2015 | By Kevin Holmes

Elroy Brown, Executive Director for Mississippi County Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Arkansas and Dedric Davis, Master Gardner, were recently featured on KAIT 8, ABC’s local affiliate in Jonesboro, raising awareness of the Body & Soul program. Promoting cancer prevention in the African American community is the focus of the program.   [Read More]   Through […]

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May 19, 2015 | By Kevin Holmes

ACC Encourages Sun Protection by Being Sun S.M.AR.T   S.M.A.R.T stands for:  S – Slip on a hat or t-shirt M – Move to the shade A – Apply sunscreen R – Re-apply sunscreen every few hours T – Tell your friends to be Sun S.M.A.R.T   {Read More] Skin Cancer is Common but Preventable […]

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A Tan Is Not a Sign of Health: Sharon McKenna, Melanoma Survivor, Shares Her Story

May 4, 2015 | By Kevin Holmes

Sharon McKenna works as a sun safety manager with the Arizona Department of Health Services. Let’s put it out there—I’m a fair-skinned redhead who grew up believing a tan was a sign of health. I spent summers as a lifeguard and vacations at the beach, and I never wore sunscreen. I started each summer creating […]

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Hawai’i Makes History by Passing Bill to Increase Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21

May 4, 2015 | By Kevin Holmes

Hawai’i made history with final passage of legislation to prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. The bill now goes to Governor David Ige, whose signature will make Hawai’i the first state in the nation to raise the tobacco sale age to 21. This bold step will reduce smoking […]

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Skin cancer burning truth

May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May 1, 2015 | By Kevin Holmes

Remember to be SUN S.M.A.R.T. ! SMART is an acronym for: Slip on a hat or t-shirt Move to the shade Apply sunscreen (at least a 30 SPF) Reapply sunscreen every few hours Tell your friends to be Sun SMART Listen for the UV Index, and have fun in the shade between the hours of […]

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Colon Cancer Awareness Month

February 24, 2015 | By Kevin Holmes

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and it gives a platform for survivors, patients, caregivers, and all who have been affected by this disease to tell their stories and start conversations. These conversations can save lives! Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon or rectum—is the second leading […]

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Decreased risk of colorectal cancer linked with higher selenium levels

December 18, 2014 | By Kevin Holmes

An essential micronutrient for human health, foods such as brazil nuts, shellfish, red meat and offal are rich in selenium. According to the National Institutes of Health, selenium plays roles in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism and DNA syntheses, and has protective benefits against oxidative damage and infection. Low selenium intake has been associated with increased risk […]

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Arkansas Cancer Summit XVI

December 4, 2014 | By Kevin Holmes

Cancer has touched the lives of virtually every family in Arkansas.  The Arkansas Cancer Coalition (ACC) is a network of over 1,000 cancer control stakeholders from across the state working collectively to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, the burden of cancer for every Arkansan.  Progress is being made.  Education, early screening and detection and improved treatment […]

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