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.

Latest Issue

October 10, 2019

Breast Cancer Awareness: Know More and Do More

Each October, breast cancer awareness captures our attention and focuses on the importance of healthy steps to lower the risk of developing breast cancer, and of early detection through screening. Over the last 10 years, the rate of getting breast cancer has not changed for women overall, but has increased for black women and Asian and Pacific Islander women.

Knowing more about breast cancer can help you do more to lower your risk. Pay attention to changes in your breasts, learn about the risk factors for breast cancer, and find out your family health history. Talk with your doctor about your personal risk for breast cancer to help decide when and how often to get screened. Screening cannot prevent breast cancer, but it can help find it at an early stage, when it is easier to treat.

CDC resources to help you know more about breast cancer include the Talk to Someone: Triple Negative Breast Cancerexternal icon interactive tool and our Bring Your Brave campaign. CDC partner, George Washington University Cancer Center, released an updated Breast Cancer Awareness Month Social Media Toolkit pdf icon[PDF-1.2MB]external icon to help spread awareness and provide ideas to engage communities.

New Report Shows Progress in Skin Cancer Prevention Yet More Work Remains

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, but some prevention efforts are showing progress. CDC’s fifth annual Skin Cancer Prevention Progress Report provides the latest national data on skin cancer, highlights success stories from communities across the country, and identifies areas for improvement.

The report shows indoor tanning has continued to decrease among U.S. high school students, down from 15.6% in 2009 to 5.6% in 2017. Among adults, indoor tanning decreased from 5.5% in 2010 to 3.5% in 2015. However, sunburn remains common among high school students (57.2%) and adults (35.3%). New cases of melanoma have increased steadily over time, particularly among non-Hispanic white older adults.

CDC Program Makes a Difference in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provides breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women across the United States. For more than 25 years, the program has connected women in communities to cancer screening services to help improve access to care for at-risk populations. Special attention is placed on reaching women who face geographic or cultural barriers, or members of racial or ethnic minorities with a higher disease burden.

In 2017, clinical services for breast cancer reached 285,504 women and services for cervical cancer reached 138,590 women. These services led to finding 2,521 invasive breast cancers, 765 premalignant breast lesions, 168 invasive cervical cancers, and 5,990 premalignant cervical lesions. Learn more about NBCCEDP and find out if you qualify for free or low-cost cancer screening.

New Resources Raise Awareness of Blood Clot Risks and Cancer

Cancer and some of its treatments can increase a person’s risk for developing a blood clot (venous thromboembolism or VTE). The risk of developing a blood clot is highest in the first few months after a cancer diagnosis, the time when treatment generally begins. The National Blood Clot Alliance and CDC are joining efforts to raise awareness of blood clot risks related to cancer. The Stop the Clot, Spread the Word campaignexternal icon has new resources to help patients understand their risk and know the signs and symptoms of blood clots.

CDC’s Division of Blood Disorders is offering a free webinar, Prediction, Prevention, and Treatment of Cancer-Associated Thrombosis. In this webinar, Dr. Alok A. Khorana will discuss risk assessment tools used to identify high-risk patients for cancer-related VTE and present best approaches to treatment. The webinar takes place on Wednesday, November 13 from 2 to 3 p.m. ET.

New Webinar Features Partnerships Working to Improve Access to Cancer Care

The Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care will host a free webinar, Securing Strategic Partnerships That Improve Access to Cancer Care,external icon featuring the Ohio State University James Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Health System. These organizations will share their creative solutions to improve patient-centered cancer care. This webinar takes place on Thursday, October 24 from 2 to 3 p.m. ET. Please register by October 22.

Understanding the Impact of Cancer on Children and Families

The number one cause of death by disease for children in the United States is childhood cancer. Jamie Ennis Bloyd, Director of Government Relations and External Affairs for the American Childhood Cancer Organization, is dedicated to helping children and families suffering from cancer. In a new blog post, Jamie discusses the challenges and effects of childhood cancer on families, and shares her family’s personal experience with childhood cancer. In 2014, Jamie’s son Paxton was diagnosed with cancer at age five. Jaime encourages parents and caregivers to learn and spread the word about early warning signs of childhood cancer such as unusual bruising, lumps, vision changes, headaches, and other symptoms.

Research Spotlight

Patient Navigation in Cancer: The Business Case to Support Clinical Needsexternal icon provides a real-world look at five patient navigation programs and shows the benefits in cancer programs such as increased patient retention and improved patient outcomes.

Disparities in Cancer Incidence and Trends among American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States, 2010-2015external icon examines the most common types of cancer in American Indian and Alaska Native populations, and the higher rates of cancer compared to white populations overall.

Did You Know?

  • Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but about 11% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are younger than 45 years old.
  • Each year in the United States, about 2,200 men are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Previous Issue

September 12, 2019

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness: Learn the Signs. Listen to Your Body.

Women experience many health changes during the course of their lifetime. Knowing what is and is not normal for your body can go a long way in helping a woman maintain her gynecologic health. In addition, knowing the warning signs of gynecologic cancer (cancer in women’s reproductive organs) can help women recognize what to watch out for and when to see a doctor.

For September’s National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, CDC’s Inside Knowledge campaign has new animated TV and radio PSAs in English and Spanish along with paid digital and social media promotion. “Not Just Words” encourages women ages 35 and older to know the signs of gynecologic cancer and see a doctor if symptoms persist. A media toolkitexternal icon with new shareable graphics is also available for health partners and others. The new PSAs and other information are available on Google, YouTube, Facebook, and across new channels, including:

  • A new digital billboard in New York City’s Times Square will display through September focusing on symptoms of gynecologic cancer.
  • Hulu will auto-play the new “Not Just Words” video ads.
  • Radio spots on Pandora with corresponding display ads that prompt women to visit CDC’s web site to learn more.

Prostate Cancer Awareness: Understanding Screening and Making the Right Choice for You

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is here to remind men about the importance of paying attention to their prostate health and understanding the risk of prostate cancer. As men get older, the risk of prostate cancer increases. The risk is greater for African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer.

While these key facts are important for men to know, men should also know that they must decide if prostate cancer screening is right for them. Most prostate cancers grow slowly without causing any health problems. Screening, diagnosis, and treatment for prostate cancer may have possible harms leading to serious side effects.

  • Learn about the benefits and harmful effects of prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing in this new blog post.
  • CDC’s “Should I Get Tested for Prostate Cancer?” video helps men understand their prostate cancer screening options and encourages men to talk with a doctor about their personal risk factors.

New Blog Post Highlights Resources for Spanish-Speaking Cancer Patients and Caregivers

Being told you have cancer is difficult under the best of circumstances, but imagine going through this while not understanding what your medical team is saying because you speak a different language. For people with language barriers, this can cause feelingsof helplessness and frustration.

Vivian Diaz-Espinosa shares her experience of becoming a translator and interpreter for her dad during his battle with cancer. While few Spanish-language resources existed during her dad’s treatment 14 years ago, she is excited about CDC’s Preventing Infections in Cancer Patientsexternal icon program in Spanish.

One in three Hispanic men and women are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, yet few Spanish-language resources are available. Based on the basic belief that every person has information tailored to one’s individual needs, 3 pasos para prevenir infecciones durante el tratamiento del cancerexternal icon and TINA en españolexternal icon were developed to meet the needs of the Spanish-speaking community.

Meet Ana: Cancer Survivor with a Mission

“I want women to know they need to take care of themselves. Don’t skip your annual exams, and if you feel something is amiss with your body, don’t worry about bothering doctors or upsetting them. This is your life!”

Ana was diagnosed at age 36 with stage 2 cervical cancer. Ana’s cancer survivor story provides a personal look at the shock and life changes she experienced when facing cancer. During her cancer journey, she learned to listen to her body and speak up for herself. When she thought something was wrong,she got a second opinion to confirm the best course of treatment for her. Ana’s new mission is to share her story so that others don’t have to go through what she went through.

Reflections on a Childhood Cancer Experience

People who survive cancer describe their experience in different ways. Jordyn Farrell describes being diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 16 as “definitely an interesting experience.” Now 26 years old and cancer-free, Jordyn shares what it’s like to be diagnosed with cancer at a young age and how it has changed her life moving forward.

For cancer care, Jordyn was often the oldest patient in a children’s hospital and the youngest patient in a general hospital. Jordyn’s family was the key to helping her get through her cancer experience. The most important thing Jordyn has come to understand is that the impact of cancer doesn’t stop as soon as treatment is finished.

Page last reviewed: October 16, 2019