CA Access News

June 2010

In this Issue: Features | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information | Contact Us


The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention and American Cancer Society Encourage Everyone to Protect Your Skin Today and Every Day

By Beckie Moore Flati, American Cancer Society, Border Sierra Region

As millions of Americans prepare to enjoy the great outdoors this summer, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention and the American Cancer Society remind everyone to practice sun-safe behaviors. The incidence of melanoma (the most fatal of skin cancers) continues to rise significantly, at a rate faster than any of the seven most common cancers. Read more


CPAT and PPA Connect Via Social Media

The California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT) has launched a Facebook page and Twitter feed to better inform advocacy, community, health and business organizations of current health issues and upcoming CPAT events. Through these popular social networking platforms, CPAT can actively engage our partners on a more frequent basis and create a meaningful dialogue with our partners, as well as reaching out to new audiences, on the information that matters the most to California's healthcare stakeholders. Read more

Partner Spotlight

American Melanoma Foundation (AMF)


The American Melanoma Foundation's mission is to:

  • Raise public awareness and educate on the prevention and risks associated with melanoma
  • Provide patient education, advocacy and facilitate patient support groups
  • Advocate increased research in melanoma
  • Fund early research and discovery programs for the treatment of melanoma

The AMF strives to increase the general awareness of melanoma with the specific intent on reducing the incidence of this deadly, but preventable disease.

The American Melanoma Foundation or AMF (originally known as the Merlin Foundation) was founded in Southern California in 1990 by a group of melanoma patients and their relatives who believed in the importance and ever-growing need for support of specific research for new treatment approaches in melanoma, one of the most serious of all cancers.

Since inception and through fundraising efforts, AMF has supported research for new treatments in melanoma. AMF has expanded to successfully contribute to the general community with education and awareness programs as well as to the patient community through patient support groups, a critical need for patients with this disease and the unique issues they are facing.

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Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!

Would you like to see your organization's event listed? Contact Charlotte Phillips at to help advertise your upcoming event.

Welcome New Partners

Join Now

Do you know a group who would be interested in joining CPAT? Please send your referrals to:

Northern California - Contact Charlotte Phillips at charlotte@perrycom.comSouthern California - Contact Brandon Stephenson at

In the News

CPAT Partners in the News

Fighting Diabetes One Cut at a Time
Black Enterprise Magazine, May 25, 2010
Many black men will go years before scheduling a doctor's appointment, but won't let a few weeks pass without a visit to the barber. That may sound like a bad joke, but in the experience of Dr. Bill Releford, it's the sad reality that prodded him to create the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program in December 2007.

Bienvenido a Los Ángeles
La Opinión, June 11, 2010
Como líder desde hace mucho tiempo de la comunidad y fundador del Proyecto The Wall Las Memorias le damos a su Eminencia José H. Gómez, coadjutor de Los Ángeles la bienvenida a Los Ángeles; el hogar de una comunidad diversa, rica en cultura y belleza.


Drug Boosts Survival in Melanoma Study
Los Angeles Times, June 6, 2010
Researchers have scored the first big win against melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. An experimental drug significantly improved survival in a major study of people with very advanced disease.

Survey: San Diegans Lag in Skin-Cancer Awareness
San Diego Union Tribune, May 25, 2010
It seems reasonable to expect that people in sun-drenched San Diego know more about the dangers of too much sun exposure than residents in most other cities. A survey by the American Academy of Dermatology suggests otherwise.

Sunscreen Labels Get New FDA Standards
Monterey County Herald, May 28, 2010
A clearer, more meaningful standard for sunscreen labels is coming soon to a lotion near you, but not in time for the summer beach season that kicks off this Memorial Day weekend. The Food and Drug Administration is working to finish new labeling rules that have been years in the making, but not before October.

Youths Should Beware of Skin Cancer, Health Officials Say
Riverside Press Enterprise, May 31, 2010
Inland residents, especially teens and young adults, soon will be flocking to the beach and spending hours in tanning beds perfecting their bronze glows. Many aren't aware of the danger they face by sunbathing or tanning without proper protection, officials with the American Cancer Society said.

Wellnews: A New Wrinkle in Tanning Behaviors
San Diego Union Tribune, June 1, 2010
The recent news that indoor tanning may be addictive will likely prompt some users to back away, though perhaps not exactly for the right reasons. A study at Northwestern University found that young women were more likely to cut back on artificial UV exposure based on concerns about their skin and not worries about skin cancer.

Interesting Information

Vital Sun Safety

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than one million skin cancers are diagnosed annually. The American Cancer Society along with the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention have provided these tips to protect you and your family during these hot, summer months when many of us will be outdoors. Read more



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