Cancer Prevention Works Newsletter

Cancer Prevention Works

The monthly Cancer Prevention Works newsletter provides the latest information about activities and accomplishments in CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.

Current Issue

November 10, 2022

Lung Cancer Awareness Month Brings Focus to Risk, Progress, and Hope

Lung cancer causes more cancer deaths than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer combined—making it the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. While lung cancer is a serious health concern, there is progress and hope. The rates of lung cancer cases and deaths are decreasing nationally, as fewer people smoke cigarettes. People with lung cancer are living longer after their diagnosis with the help of better treatments and more cases being found early.

Nearly 9 out of 10 lung cancers are caused by smoking cigarettes, but some lung cancers are not caused by smoking. Radon, a natural gas from the ground that can get trapped in homes and buildings, also causes lung cancer. Testing your home for radon and not smoking can help lower your risk of lung cancer. Learn more about lung cancer risk.

New Data Brief on Cancers Among American Indian and Alaska Native Adolescents and Young Adults

A new U.S. Cancer Statistics data brief looks at cancers among non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) adolescents and young adults. Cancers diagnosed among people between the ages of 15 and 39 are defined as adolescent and young adult cancers. Rates of new cases of cancer increased in AI/AN adolescents and young adults from 1999 to 2019 by 1.8% each year among females and 1.4% each year among males. Some of the common cancers among AI/AN adolescents and young adults include female breast, thyroid, and lymphoma.

What to Eat When You Have Diabetes and Cancer

A cancer diagnosis can disrupt your diabetes management. If you or a loved one faces this challenge, you’re not alone. Nearly 1 in 5 people with cancer also has diabetes.

Living with both can be challenging. But diabetes management doesn’t have to take a back seat to cancer treatment. In fact, managing blood sugar could lower the risk of getting infections during cancer treatment. And as you know, what you eat is key to managing your blood sugar. Learn what to eat to manage diabetes and cancer.

New Updates to U.S. Cancer Statistics Data Visualizations Tool

The U.S. Cancer Statistics Data Visualizations tool is a great way to read and see cancer data. The latest update lets you do even more. Now, you can explore 2019 cancer data with mutually exclusive race and ethnicity categories. Estimates on cancer survival and how often cancers occur are also available by race and ethnicity categories. The new race and ethnicity categories represent populations more accurately and help reduce racial misclassification in cancer data. Other updates include risk factor estimates and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination coverage.

New Annual Report on Cancer Shows Downward Trends

Good news, ongoing progress, and more work to do are a few ways to describe the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer. The report shows overall cancer death rates continued to decline among men, women, children, and adolescents and young adults in every major racial and ethnic group in the United States from 2015 to 2019. The decline in death rates were highest in lung cancer and melanoma (by 4% to 5% per year) among both men and women. This year’s report also highlights trends in pancreatic cancer. Death rates increased for cancers of the pancreas, brain, and bones and joints among men, and for cancers of the pancreas and uterus among women.

Research Spotlight

Multilevel small area estimation for county-level prevalence of mammography use in the United States using 2018 data examines county-level geographic variations in mammography use and identifies counties with low mammography use where women may benefit from interventions to increase breast cancer screening.

Did You Know?

  • In 2021, lung cancer screening recommendations were updated. The minimum screening age moved from 55 years old to 50 years old and the minimum smoking history was reduced from 30 pack years to 20 pack years.
  • If you have a family history of breast, ovarian, uterine, or colorectal cancer, you may have a higher risk for developing these cancers.

Previous Issue

October 13, 2022

Take Charge of Your Health with Tools to Help Lower Breast Cancer Risk

What do you know about breast cancer risk? Breast cancer affects young and older women and some men. October is dedicated to supporting efforts to reduce breast cancer and help people living beyond it to stay healthy.

The risk for breast cancer is due to several factors over the course of your life. Some of these include being older, inheriting changes to breast cancer genes, and having dense breasts. Knowing your risk is one step to better breast health. Pay attention to changes in your breasts and talk with your doctor about breast cancer screening options that are right for you.

Check out the new Bring Your Brave video series with stories from people affected by breast cancer, including a father and daughter.

Cancer Registries 30th Anniversary Highlights Vision and Value

A vision of more accurate and complete cancer data became a reality when CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) was created. Now, NPCR celebrates 30 years of helping central cancer registries collect high-quality data to measure progress, drive action, prevent cancers, and improve treatment for all people. Each success of the program paves the way to understand how cancer affects the nation and helps find ways to reduce cancer. CDC is proud of what has been accomplished over 30 years with our partners and we look forward to exciting things to come under the cancer registries data modernization initiative.

Better Cancer Data Help Prevention Efforts for American Indian and Alaska Native People

American Indian and Alaska Native populations have unique cancer patterns because of their history and culture, as well as how they get health care. Many American Indian and Alaska Native people are misclassified as another race in cancer registry records. Central cancer registries and the Indian Health Service work together to reduce misclassification of American Indian and Alaska Native people. One way that is used to classify American Indian and Alaska Native people correctly is to link cancer cases in registries with IHS patient registration data. Accurate cancer data can help identify communities that may benefit from screening and prevention programs.

Young Breast Cancer Survivors Program Supports Underserved Communities

About 9% of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age. The women diagnosed with these cancers are called young breast cancer survivors. These women often face difficult medical, psychosocial, financial, and health issues related to their diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. In 2019, CDC funded eight organizations to provide structured support services and resources for young breast cancer survivors and metastatic breast cancer patients. The Young Breast Cancer Survivors Program reaches out to communities affected by breast cancer that would benefit from additional survivor support.

New HPV Data Brief

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a known cause of cancer among women and men. Most HPV infections don’t cause symptoms and go away on their own, but long-term infections can lead to cancer. A new data brief shows that an estimated 47,199 new cases of HPV-associated cancers occurred in the United States each year from 2015 to 2019. White men and women had the highest rate of cancer cases compared with other racial and ethnic groups.

New Webinar to Watch!

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors in collaboration with CDC’s Cancer Prevention Across the Lifespan workgroup will host a webinar titled, “Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and the Impacts of Racism on the Foundations of Health.” During this webinar, Jack Shonkoff, MD, will discuss how advances in the biology of adversity and resilience are increasing our understanding of the effects of excessive stress on child development and lifelong health. Dr. Shonkoff will also discuss how early adversities related to systemic racism can increase risk of chronic diseases well into adulthood.

Attendees may also be interested in reading a related paper by Shonkoff and colleagues that was published in the Annual Review of Public Health titled, “Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and the Impacts of Racism on the Foundations of Health.”

Join us on Tuesday, October 19 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET.

Research Spotlight

Cost-effectiveness of pharmacologic treatment options for women with endocrine-refractory or triple-negative metastatic breast cancer examines the cost and benefits of different single-agent chemotherapy treatments among patients with triple-negative metastatic breast cancer.

Social determinants of cancer risk among American Indian and Alaska Native populations: An evidence review and map explores the current literature and knowledge gaps regarding social determinants of health and cancer among American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

Did You Know?

  • Drinking alcohol increases the risk of developing breast cancer. When the body breaks down alcohol, it produces a substance that is similar to estrogen. Greater exposure to estrogen can lead to breast cancer.
  • Black women die from breast cancer at a higher rate than White women.