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

September 10, 2020

Learn About Gynecologic Cancers

September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, and this reminds women that good gynecologic health is important. Gynecologic cancers include five main types of cancer that affect a woman’s reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. All women are at risk for gynecologic cancers, and the risk increases as women get older. Human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.

Uterine cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer in the United States. Most uterine cancers are found in women who are going through or who have gone through menopause, which is when a woman’s menstrual periods stop. If you notice symptoms like unusual bleeding and pain in the pelvis that lasts for two weeks or longer, see a doctor. When gynecologic cancers are found early, treatment works best.

Prostate Cancer: What Men Need to Know and Talk About

Prostate cancer is a very common cancer among men in the United States. All men are at risk for prostate cancer, but African American men are more likely to get prostate cancer than other men. The chance of getting prostate cancer increases as men get older. A family history that includes more than one first-degree relative (father, son or brother) with prostate cancer can also increase a man’s risk. Most prostate cancers grow slowly and may not need treatment right away. Some men may have a faster growing prostate cancer and will benefit from early treatment.

Screening for prostate cancer has benefits and harms. Talk with your doctor about your risks before making a decision to get screened. CDC is highlighting Prostate Cancer Awareness month with Talk to Someone About Prostate Cancer, a new tool to help men get a better understanding of prostate cancer and options for screening and treatment.

Healthy People 2030: A Shared Vision for Improving the Nation’s Health

Since 1980, the Healthy People initiative has set 10-year goals and measurable objectives to improve health and well-being in the United States. Healthy People 2030 builds on knowledge gained over the past four decades to address current and emerging public health priorities and challenges. Healthy People 2030 has a reduced number of objectives to avoid overlap and prioritize critical health issues.

Healthy People 2030 cancer objectivesexternal icon focuses on promoting evidence-based cancer screening and prevention strategies. These objectives are consistent with CDC’s current efforts to increase cancer screening and prevention awareness. In addition, high-quality data from CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries, a central part of the United States Cancer Statistics (USCS), will help monitor and measure progress toward achieving the objective on cancer survival over the next 10 years.

New Podcast on Cancer Prevention and Care During a Pandemic

The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) presents a new podcast, “CDC’s Perspective on Cancer Prevention, Treatment, and Care—Even During a Pandemic.”external icon This podcast features Dr. Lisa Richardson, director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. Dr. Richardson discusses CDC’s initiatives for cancer prevention and screening during the COVID-19 pandemic and flu season.

The conversation also focuses on how oncology nurses can help improve declining screening rates and access a new database of cancer incidence and biomarkers.

New Course Series: Understanding Early Onset Breast Cancer

Early onset breast cancer (EOBC) is breast cancer that occurs in women under the age of 45. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and CDC have joined efforts to help providers identify and manage the risks young women face for EOBC. Understanding Early Onset Breast Cancerexternal icon is a free CME-accredited (continuing medical education) course series that provides effective risk assessment tools, communication tools, and techniques that can be used in patient interactions.

Providers can learn about factors that contribute to EOBC, including genetic and racial/ethnic risk factors, breast density, and family history. This course series also helps providers identify ways to reduce the impact of health disparities in EOBC. If you have questions, please contact ACOG.

Research Spotlight

Effectiveness of interventions to increase colorectal cancer screening Among American Indians and Alaska Natives looks at the low colon cancer screening rates in American Indian and Alaska Native communities and how well interventions work to increase screening, specifically using direct mailing of fecal immunochemical test (FIT) kits.

In the United States, non-Hispanic Black women are diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer more often than women of other ethnic or racial groups. Are there regional differences in triple negative breast cancer among non-Hispanic Black women?external icon looks at triple-negative breast cancer cases among non-Hispanic Black women by region in the United States.

Did You Know?

  • It takes about two weeks after a flu vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection. Getting a flu shot is important for people with cancer, who are at risk for serious illness.
  • The genes commonly affected in hereditary breast and ovarian cancer are the breast cancer 1 (BRCA1) and breast cancer 2 (BRCA2) genes. About 3% of breast cancers (about 7,500 women per year) and 10% of ovarian cancers (about 2,000 women per year) result from inherited mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

Previous Issue

August 13, 2020

News to Know About COVID-19

Preparing for hurricane season may be different this year. If you have to evacuate or shelter in a location, it’s important to know how to protect yourself and your family from COIVD-19. CDC has tips on what you can do to stay safe and healthy before, during, and after severe weather while going through this pandemic. Learn how to prepare and protect your health during hurricane season.

Emergency Planning for Cancer Patients and Survivors

An emergency may cause you to leave your home and not be able to return for several days or to stay in your home for a period of time. If you or a family member are undergoing cancer treatment or have in the past, there are many things to consider when preparing for an emergency. A good way to prepare for an emergency is to make a supply kit that includes basic supplies and enough medicine and medical equipment to last at least seven days. It’s also important to have a copy of your cancer survivorship care plan.

People with cancer who are treated with chemotherapy are more likely to get an infection because of their weakened immune system. One of the best ways to prevent infections is to wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer when clean water is not available.

Webinar on Cancer Care, Health Equity, and COVID-19 on September 21

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many health care systems to alter the way they provide services to their communities and to embrace substantial changes to their clinical practice. With institutions considering making some of these changes permanent, it is essential to reflect on the implications for vulnerable and underserved patient populations.

This free webinarexternal icon will bring together experts from the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Health System, the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, the Ohio State University, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network to provide a comprehensive report on the reality of the pandemic from the front lines. Together, they will outline emerging policy implications toward a safe and equitable future for all. Register by Wednesday, September 16.

A Fighting Chance Against the Flu

As we get closer to the start of fall, seasonal influenza (flu) also gets closer. The best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine. If you have cancer now or have a history of cancer, getting a flu shot is especially important because you are at higher risk of developing complications from the flu. Caregivers, family members of cancer patients, and survivors also should be vaccinated to prevent flu from spreading.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, flu vaccination is very important for the 2020–2021 flu season to help reduce illnesses. Join the fight against flu and get your flu shot for the upcoming flu season.

Celebrating Aging and Improving Your Health

When thinking about growing older, unfortunately negative views come to mind for some people. A new blog post by CDC’s Dr. Mary White discusses the influence of culture on aging and how negative perceptions can affect health.

In 2019, Dr. White served as a guest editor of a supplement to the journal The Gerontologist that highlighted the need to do more to reduce the risk of cancer among older adults. In this blog post, Dr. White shares her experience and knowledge about the link between aging and negative stereotypes in our culture. Research shows that age discrimination and negative beliefs older adults have about themselves can contribute to poorer health.

Research Spotlight

  • Pain among cancer survivors studies demographic and physiologic characteristics of cancer survivors reporting physical pain caused by cancer or cancer treatment. Knowing more about survivors’ cancer-related pain can help educate and inform regular screening for and proper characteristics of pain, pain treatment methods, and ongoing monitoring of treatment effectiveness.
  • Pediatric cancer mortality and survival in the United States, 2001–2016external icon examines mortality and survival data to assess progress for individuals younger than 20 years. Progress over the last 40 years shows decreases in overall death rates and increases in survival, but differences by age, race/ethnicity, cancer site, and economic status continues.

Did You Know?

  • Staying physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding tobacco are healthy choices you can make throughout your life to help lower the risk of cancer.
  • More than two-thirds of all new cancer cases are diagnosed among adults aged 60 years and older.
Page last reviewed: September 14, 2020