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Vital Signs: Communities Play a Vital Role in Preventing Melanoma
Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the United States, and melanoma is the deadliest kind of skin cancer. Between 1982 and 2011, the rate of getting melanoma doubled. Community skin cancer prevention programs could prevent about 21,000 melanoma skin cancers and save about $250 million in treatment costs each year.
New Bring Your Brave Campaign Launched
Bring Your Brave tells real stories about young women whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. The campaigns focus is to educate women between ages 18 and 44 about breast health and breast cancer risk. It also aims to encourage women to learn their family history of cancer so they can have an informed understanding of ways to manage their risk. Young women who believe that they may be at a higher risk for getting breast cancer are encouraged to speak to their health care provider.
Many People Are Not Getting Recommended Cancer Screening Tests
Among adults in the age groups recommended for screening, about 1 in 5 women reported not being up-to-date with cervical cancer screening, about 1 in 4 women reported not being up-to-date with breast cancer screening, and about 2 in 5 adults reported not being up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening.
New Blog Post: A Tan Is Not a Sign of Health
I learned the hard way, writes Sharon McKenna, a melanoma survivor and sun safety manager with the Arizona Department of Health Services. To date, Ive undergone 28 biopsies and had three melanomas surgically removed. ... I still had a visible tan line two months after my first melanoma surgery. I was embarrassed and viewed my tan as a badge of shame. I apologized to the melanoma surgical team during anesthesia. But I learned that knowledge is power.
Public Health Grand Rounds: Prevention and Control of Skin Cancer
On April 21, a panel of experts discussed how health care providers, community partners, and business and government leaders can work together to help people protect their skin and their lives while enjoying the outdoors. Watch the webcast.
Two Out of Three People with Invasive Cancer Survive Five Years or More
A new report found that the most common cancer sites continue to be the prostate, female breast, lung, and colon and rectum. Among these common cancer sites, five-year relative survival was 97% for prostate cancer, 88% for breast cancer, 63% for colorectal cancer, and 18% for lung cancer.
Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Optimizing Quality (CME)
These continuing education courses provide guidance and tools for clinicians on the optimal ways to implement screening for colorectal cancer to help ensure that patients receive maximum benefit. There are two versions of this course: one for primary care providers and one for clinicians who perform colonoscopy. Continuing education is available for both versions.
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