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5 07, 2018

America’s Children

By |2018-07-05T22:53:11-04:00July 5th, 2018|Journal|

Bill Couzens PhotoIt’s important not to muddy clinical and health conversations with the tinge of politics. As someone who produces interventional programming on prevention, including a collaborative medical program for health care providers including nurses, physicians, and public health professionals, I understand the importance of keeping evidence-based health care clean from political bias. My role as

4 07, 2018

Cutting Through Scott Pruitt’s Deadly Grifter Distractions — What You Really Need to Know about…

By |2018-07-04T15:33:23-04:00July 4th, 2018|Journal|

Cutting Through Scott Pruitt’s Deadly Grifter Distractions — What You Really Need to Know about PruittScott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is a staple of news coverage these days. It seems every week a new scandal about his questionable use of government resources hits the headlines: having staffers pursue a Chick-Fil-A franchise for his wife,

15 06, 2018

As a Doctor in Michigan, Why Wasn’t I Taught About the Effects of PBB?

By |2018-06-15T23:43:44-04:00June 15th, 2018|Journal|

Annie Spratt PhotoI met someone today who provided me with an education about something I should have learned about in medical school but didn’t. She is a woman born in the 1970’s in Michigan. Her grandparents were farmers in the thumb area in Michigan and suffered exposure to polybrominated biphenyl or PBB. PBB was a toxic

13 06, 2018

A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION, A LITTLE MORE ACTION

By |2018-06-13T10:22:13-04:00June 13th, 2018|Journal|

José Martín Ramírez CFor the last 15 years, I have raised money for Next Generation Choices Foundation, otherwise known as Less Cancer, a public charity 501c3 created on behalf of, and for, the benefit of the public. I felt an urgency to do more than call attention to what was flawed, and instead have devoted these

1 06, 2018

The EPA Turns a Blind Eye on Deadly Asbestos Legacy in Homes, Schools, Workplaces, and Our…

By |2018-06-01T23:08:52-04:00June 1st, 2018|Journal|

The EPA Turns a Blind Eye on Deadly Asbestos Legacy in Homes, Schools, Workplaces, and Our EnvironmentJune 1, 2018Today, the EPA released the Problem Formulation Document evaluating asbestos risk. Shockingly, yet predictable, the EPA’s evaluation excludes deadly asbestos legacy exposure and the Libby Amphibole from their risk review. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt adds to our outrage

26 05, 2018

Firefighter Cancer Quadfecta

By |2018-05-26T15:09:55-04:00May 26th, 2018|Journal|

During hearings for a bill in the New Hampshire legislature, Christine Jameson from Hampton, New Hampshire gave heartbreaking testimony. She recounted that her 33-year-old firefighter husband Kyle died from what doctors say is a work-related cancer, T-Cell prolymphocytic leukemia. He also left behind a 2.5-year-old child.Unfortunately, the Jamesons’ story is not uncommon. For several years,

16 05, 2018

When Best is not Enough

By |2018-05-16T13:38:40-04:00May 16th, 2018|Journal|

Photo by Dan CookBy Bill CouzensBack in 2003, at the height of significant losses in my family due to cancer, the one repetitive thought, the metaphoric itch I couldn’t scratch, was the outlandish idea of a future with less cancer. At the time, cancer and prevention were not words that were used together.In 2004, with the support

2 05, 2018

When Karma is at the Wheel

By |2018-05-02T12:38:18-04:00May 2nd, 2018|Journal|

Ken Treloar PhotoA year ago this last, February, on a break from emceeing Less Cancer’s National Cancer Prevention Workshop, I found myself attentively listening in on a presentation about pancreatic cysts by Kathleen Haden, MSN, RN, ANP from the University of Virginia. At the time, I was curious about my situation because pancreatic cancer is prevalent

9 04, 2018

Breast Cancer Limbo

By |2018-04-09T09:58:18-04:00April 9th, 2018|Journal|

Breast Cancer LimboThis isn’t the first time and it, likely, will not be the last. I went for my annual screening mammogram and got the dreaded call. The next day a very nice but efficient woman from the breast center called me. “They have found an abnormality and want you to come back in for further

6 04, 2018

U.S. Surgeon General Adams Tweets about the Health Dangers of Asbestos Exposure for National…

By |2018-04-06T22:38:09-04:00April 6th, 2018|Journal|

U.S. Surgeon General Adams Tweets about the Health Dangers of Asbestos Exposure for National Asbestos Awareness Week to His 508,000 FollowersApril 1–7 is National Asbestos Awareness Week. It is important that we remind Americans about the health dangers of #asbestos exposure. If you think you have been exposed to asbestos, I encourage you to speak