Cancer Prevention Works Newsletter
The monthly Cancer Prevention Works newsletter provides the latest information about activities and accomplishments in CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.
August 15, 2019
Making a Difference with Cancer Prevention During Childhood
Many lessons that we learn during childhood stay with us as we get older. Helping your children lower their risk of getting cancer later in life can be a valuable lesson to start while they are young. Vaccinations and healthy choices are a good way to get started. Getting your child vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) can prevent at least six types of cancer. The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that commonly cause cancer. The goal is to make sure young people are vaccinated against HPV before they are exposed to the virus.
Talk with your child about healthy choices they can make now to lower their risk of cancer later, such as not smoking and protecting their skin from sun exposure. Tobacco use can cause cancer almost anywhere in the body, and about 9 out of 10 people who smoke cigarettes first try them by age 18. Damage to skin, such as sunburns, from too much sun exposure adds up over time and increases the risk of skin cancer.
New Webinar and Resources: Tobacco Cessation Services in Rural Health Care Settings
SelfMade Health Networkexternal icon (SMHN), a member of CDC’s Consortium of National Networks, is dedicated to addressing cancer and tobacco-related disparities among populations with low socioeconomic status characteristics, including low-income patients diagnosed with one or more chronic diseases. In July, the SMHN coordinated with the National Rural Health Association to host a webinar, Expanding the Delivery of Tobacco Cessation Interventions in Rural Health Clinics to Improve Health Outcomes, featuring a panel of experts with a range of perspectives.
The purpose of this webinar was to increase awareness, knowledge, and understanding among physicians and mid-level health care practitioners nationwide about evidence-based strategies and resources available to rural health care settings. Registerexternal icon to view this webinar and access downloadable supplemental resources.
Breastfeeding Lowers a Mother’s Cancer Risk
The benefits of breastfeeding go beyond improving overall health for babies. Breastfeeding also helps lower a mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancers. A recent blog post raises awareness about the health benefits of breastfeeding and reveals that many mothers are not breastfeeding for the recommended amount of time. The recommendation for breastfeeding is for infants to be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months and to continue for 1 year or longer, even after including solid foods. Most infants receive some breast milk, with 4 out of 5 being breastfed from the start. At 6 months, only 1 in 4 infants are exclusively breastfed. Resources about breastfeeding and information on efforts to increase breastfeeding and support for mothers at work and in communities are provided throughout the post.
Data Brief Raises Awareness about Melanoma
Melanoma of the skin is the third most common type of skin cancer, but is more dangerous than other types because it causes the most deaths. A new U.S. Cancer Statistics data brief shows that from 2012 to 2016, about 77,698 new cases of melanoma occurred in the United States each year. The highest rates of new melanoma cases were among non-Hispanic white males, followed by non-Hispanic white females. Nearly 9,000 more melanoma cases were diagnosed among non-Hispanic whites in 2016 compared to 2012, with most of the increases among people who were 55 years or older. Each year during 2012 to 2016, about 9,008 people died from melanoma. The highest death rate was among non-Hispanic white males.