The Baltimore Sun – Maryland cancer centers pushing for more use of HPV vaccine
Sixty-nine top cancer centers from around the country have joined forces to urge more widespread use of the vaccine to treat the human papillomavirus, which can lead to deadly cervical, throat and other cancers.
The centers, including the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, issued a joint statement Wednesday encouraging more parents to bring their children in for what is known as the HPV vaccine. They called the potential spread of the virus a “public health threat” and urged doctors to be advocates on the issue.

NPR – Congress Moves To Tackle Heroin, Prescription Drug Epidemic
The abuse of heroin and prescription drugs is an issue that’s not only getting the attention of politicians who are campaigning. It’s also led to a rare moment of bipartisan cohesion in Congress. NPR’s Ailsa Chang reports that the Senate Judiciary Committee has zeroed in on how lawmakers might be able to respond.

CBS News – Young women with melanoma tanned indoors earlier and more
Women under 40 who started indoor tanning at a younger age and tanned more often have a higher risk of being diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, a new study shows.
University of Minnesota researchers wanted to look at the relationship between melanoma in younger adults and indoor tanning because they’re seeing more and more women and men under age 50 with the condition, said study author DeAnn Lazovich, an associate professor in the School of Public Health and the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota.

Los Angeles Times – Insurance costs dominate public worries about healthcare, survey finds
Though President Obama’s Affordable Care Act continues to animate political debate in Washington and on the campaign trail, Americans are more concerned with basic healthcare issues such as the cost of their health insurance, a new national poll shows.
The health law ranked eighth among issues voters identified as most likely to be extremely important to their vote for president this year, with 23% identifying the 2010 legislation, commonly called Obamacare.