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

June 9, 2022

Supporting Survivorship Journeys

For each person diagnosed with cancer, there’s a different journey living with, through, and beyond it. But many cancer survivors also have some experiences in common, such as managing difficulties after treatment ends and adjusting to a new normal. Through each survivorship journey, ongoing support can help cancer survivors stay healthy and prepare for what comes next. Taking steps to improve physical and emotional health is important for the recovery and well-being of all cancer survivors. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer, CDC’s resources include information on staying healthy during and after treatment.

Men’s Health: Lower Your Cancer Risk

Take steps to good health and keep it going. National Men’s Health Week (June 13–19) encourages men to make healthy choices and brings attention to health concerns that affect them. Steps such as being physically active, not smoking, and limiting the amount of alcohol you drink can help improve overall health and lower your risk of many types of cancer. Getting regular checkups and cancer screenings are important because screening tests check for health problems before symptoms may start. Find out more about cancer in men.

More Cancer Data for You to Explore

CDC is your source for cancer data. U.S. Cancer Statistics now include cancers diagnosed through 2019. You can explore the data using interactive graphics in the Data Visualizations tool, and researchers can use the public use databases. This year we have added state-level survival, prevalence, and stage data, which can help public health professionals, decision makers, researchers, and others understand the cancer burden at their state level.

U.S. Cancer Statistics are the official federal cancer statistics, providing cancer information on the U.S. population. This resource combines important clinical, demographic, and outcome data from CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program. It provides a comprehensive view of the cancer burden in the United States.

Helping Cancer Survivors in Rural Communities

Cancer survivors in rural areas may have limited access to cancer care specialists and rely on primary care providers for ongoing survivor care. A CDC pilot project of four National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) sites in Kansas, Montana, Nevada, and South Carolina set up strategies to help improve rural cancer survivorship outcomes. Each site used Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) to educate health care teams in rural areas about cancer survivorship, and patient navigation services to connect rural cancer survivors with community resources.

Results from the project were used to create a new practice guide featuring four keys to success that health workers can use to support cancer survivors in rural areas.

Field Guide for Cancer Screening Programs

CDC is proud to share the Field Guide for Assessing Readiness to Implement Evidence-Based Cancer Screening Interventions. This new resource helps public health and health care organizations measure primary care clinics’ readiness to set up new or enhance existing programs to increase cancer screening. The guide provides adaptable resources for collecting, evaluating, interpreting, and using data to develop practical plans for use in primary care clinics. This Field Guide is designed for CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program award recipients and clinic partners, but can be adapted for other cancer screening and chronic disease programs.

Research Spotlight

Evaluating Uptake of Evidence-Based Interventions in 355 Clinics Partnering with the Colorectal Cancer Control Program, 2015–2018 examines the use and sustainability of strategies to promote colorectal cancer screening programs proven to work, including patient navigation, small media, and provider education. Findings suggest that the use of patient navigation and community health workers may be effective ways to reach patients who are underserved, but more support or encouragement may be required for clinics to add these services.

Did You Know?

  • There are nearly 17 million cancer survivors in the United States./
  • The types of cancer that most often affect men are skin, prostate, colorectal, and lung cancers.

Previous Issue

May 12, 2022

Your Sun Protection Toolkit to Help Prevent Skin Cancer

It’s that time of year when outdoor activities are at the top of the list of things to do. Before going to the park, beach, lake, and other outdoor spaces, make sun protection part of your plans. In as little as 15 minutes, the sun’s UV rays can damage your skin if it’s not protected. Too much sun and damage over time can increase your risk for skin cancer. Using sunscreen is one place to start—adding more kinds of sun protection like a hat with a wide brim is even better! Get more tips and find out what to include in your sun protection toolkit to prevent skin cancer.

Women’s Health Week: Find Time for Your Health

The day-to-day routine can sometimes make it hard for women to find time for their health. National Women’s Health Week (May 8 through 14) encourages women to make their health a priority and highlights ways to stay healthy. Create a foundation for good health by staying active, not smoking (or quitting if you do), and getting on track with cancer screenings. Small healthy actions each day can help. CDC’s cancer division has resources to help you and the women in your life lower the risk of cancer.

New Skin Cancer Data on Melanoma

A new U.S. Cancer Statistics data brief looks at malignant melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. Melanoma causes the most deaths from skin cancer because it’s more likely to spread to other parts of the body, including vital organs. During 2009 to 2018, rates of new melanoma cases increased among non-Hispanic White people, particularly in adults aged 55 years and older. New data show changes over time in melanoma cases by U.S. region. Find out which regions have the highest rate.

New Research Collection on Cancer Prevention

The newest collection on cancer prevention is featured in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease. “Cancer Screening Prevalence and Associated Factors Among US Adults” is a special collection of 11 articles that look at cancer screening trends, what influences cancer screening participation, and public health practices that help increase screening in specific populations. Check out these studies to find the latest research on ways to improve cancer screening programs.

Free Course on Uterine Cancer

Uterine cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer in the United States, and it affects some women differently. Black women are twice as likely to die from uterine cancer than White women. A new continuing medical education (CME) course, Prevention and Early Diagnosis of Uterine Cancer, was developed through a partnership between the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and CDC. This course summarizes studies and recommendations to provide guidance for equitable prevention, early diagnosis, and special considerations of uterine cancer.

Research Spotlight

Cervical cancer can be prevented when precancers are found early and treated. Computable guidelines and clinical decision support for cervical cancer screening and management to improve outcomes and health equity describes an effort to create tools to support appropriate screening and follow-up guidance. The goal is to increase the quality of care for all patients, especially those who are medically underserved.

Cancer screening test use–U.S., 2019 examines the proportion of screening-eligible adults who are up to date with breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings and how screening use compares with Healthy People 2020 targets.

Did You Know?

  • Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the United States. Some people have a higher risk than others, but anyone can get skin cancer.
  • Adults who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20% to 30%.