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 10, 2021

Life and Health Beyond Cancer: Voices of Survivors

Surviving cancer is more than just getting through treatment. It also includes the physical, mental, and social challenges that continue after cancer treatment. June is National Cancer Survivor Month, and this highlights nearly 17 million cancer survivors nationwide and the ongoing support to help people stay healthy after cancer.

The video Stories of Life After Cancer features survivors discussing their approach to life after cancer and sharing heartfelt advice for other survivors. “Give yourself leniency. You have to give yourself that room to grow into the new you,” says Mark, who survived Hodgkin lymphoma.

Staying healthy after cancer is important for each person’s path beyond cancer. CDC’s Guides to Healthy Living provide tips and resources to help cancer survivors cope with common problems.

Get the Facts About Cancer and Men

National Men’s Health Week is June 14 through 20. This week serves as a reminder for men to take steps for better health and brings attention to health concerns that affect men. A healthy lifestyle with physical activity, no smoking, limits on alcohol, and sun safety can help lower the risk of many common cancers in men. Regular visits to the doctor and cancer screenings are important, even when you have no symptoms. Screening tests check for health problems before symptoms start, and some can find disease early, when treatment works best.

Find more on men’s health with these resources—

  • Talk to Nathan answers questions about prostate cancer screening and treatment and is now available in Spanish.
  • A new video features a father encouraging his son to get screened for colorectal cancer.

CDC Teams Up with Mediaplanet’s Skin Health Campaign

CDC is proud to partner with Mediaplanet on their Skin Health campaign. Skin diseases affect as many as one in three Americans at any given time, and skin cancer is still the most common type of cancer worldwide. Influencers and celebrities—including tennis star Naomi Osaka—as well as medical experts and advocates are helping the campaign eliminate harmful skin care myths and encourage better skin cancer prevention methods, particularly for people of color. Dr. Lisa Richardson, Director of CDC’s Cancer Division, discusses sun protection for darker skin tones and shares tips to lower your risk of skin cancer.

Webinar: Supportive Cancer Care Models and Equity—Reaching the Underserved through Telehealth

The world has changed significantly over the past year, but the needs of vulnerable and underserved patients remain as urgent as ever. Supportive care interventions aim to prevent and treat physical, psychological, social, and spiritual problems related to cancer. The Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care is hosting a free webinar featuring supportive care practitioners from the University of Arizona Cancer Center and the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. Practitioners will share actionable insights into reaching vulnerable and underserved patients through telehealth. Please contact cancercarealliance@umich.edu if you have any questions about the event.

When: Wednesday, June 30 at 2:00 pm ET. Registerexternal icon by Monday, June 28.

Winners Announced for the Empowered Health Cancer-Free Challenge

On April 13, CDC and the CDC Foundation launched the Empowered Health Cancer-Free Challenge as a call for revolutionary ideas that centered around the question: How might we empower one another to prevent, treat, and beat cancer? Submissions were thoughtful, diverse, and bold. Congratulations to the top 5 ideas and innovators behind them—

  • Let others who have dealt with cancer help those who have it now. Innovator: Carol Sorsoleil.
  • Socius: Strong and connected mobile community for cancer patients, families, and alumni. Innovator: Alpin Ozmen.
  • nav-I-GATE: Helping cancer patients and survivors nav-I-GATE through their journey. Innovator: Poonam Sood, Karen Kwong, Nija Hope, KNP Global Leadership Training.
  • Rosa Es Rojo™: An effective solution for wellness and cancer prevention for Latinas in America. Innovator: Laura Mendivil.
  • Rabble Health: Addressing the information crisis within a cancer journey to empower cancer patients irrespective of race, gender, or socioeconomic status. Innovator: Aubrey Kelly.

Top ideas may be further developed by CDC and the CDC Foundation for public features on Empowered Health.external icon

Introducing the Updated Conversations about Cancer Website

The new ConversationsaboutCancer.orgexternal icon website is coming soon! It will feature CDC’s new human simulations, CMEs, partner resources, how-to guides, and a new site design. The site includes information for public health professionals, any community group or coalition addressing cancer prevention and control, medical providers, universities, health systems, and health marketing professionals. This work is coordinated by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, Kognito, and funded by CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.

Registerexternal icon today for the ConversationsaboutCancer.org Web, CME, and New Simulation Launch webinar on Monday, June 28, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Eastern Time. Guest speaker: Dr. Lisa Richardson, Director of CDC’s Cancer Division.

Research Spotlight

Limited information exists on county-level prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing prevalence. Multilevel small area estimation of prostate-specific antigen testing among men in the United States by age group: 2018 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Systemexternal icon looks at the increases in PSA screening among four age groups (under age 40, 40 to 54, 55 to 69, and 70 years and older) and the geographic regions where these occur.

Did You Know?

In the United States during 2017, men had higher rates of getting and dying from cancer than women.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that adults age 45 to 75 be screened for colorectal cancer.

Previous Issue

May 13, 2021

Skin Cancer Awareness: Lower Your Risk with Sun Safety

Skin cancer is more common than all other types of cancer. Each year in the United States, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and this brings attention to how sun safety can help prevent skin cancer. Too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage the skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. CDC’s What You Need to Know About Sun Safety video explains how to protect your skin from the sun, reduce your exposure to UV rays, and safely enjoy outdoor activities.

In a new blog post, CDC’s Leslie Ross talks about her father’s melanoma diagnosis and the impact on her life. She says, “As someone with a family history of skin cancer, I take extra precautions to protect myself from the sun. I still love going outdoors; being in the fresh air recharges me.“

Celebrate National Women’s Health Week with Healthy Choices

National Women’s Health Weekexternal icon (May 9–15) reminds women about the importance of preventive health behaviors to help them stay healthy. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health leads this effort to encourage women to focus on their health and well-being.

Building the foundation for good health includes staying active, not smoking (or quitting if you do), and getting wellness checkups and preventive screenings. CDC’s cancer division joins the effort with resources to help you and the women in your life lower the risk of cancer. Set your health goals, find what works for you, and stay on track with cancer screenings. Learn more about cancer and women.

New Melanoma Dashboard Helps Communities Meet Prevention Needs

Finding a resource that includes melanoma information and related factors to help prevention efforts just got easier. CDC’s new Melanoma Dashboard is an interactive, visual data tool that provides a wide range of relevant state and local data to help communities meet their unique melanoma prevention needs. Melanoma causes the most skin cancer-related deaths, and new cases have continued to increase. The Melanoma Dashboard includes maps to view state-level data on melanoma, UV radiation, state laws that support prevention, and skin cancer resources.

The dashboard’s development is a shared effort by CDC’s cancer division and the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program in the National Center for Environmental Health.

A Closer Look at Cancer Among Asian and Pacific Islander People

The latest U.S. Cancer Statistics Data Brief looks at cancer among Asian and Pacific Islander people. During 2008 to 2017, rates of new cancer cases decreased in Asian/Pacific Islander men and women. For Asian/Pacific Islander men, rates of new cases for the most common cancers went down, including prostate, lung, and colon and rectum. Although colorectal and lung cancers went down among Asian/Pacific Islander women, breast and uterine cancer rates went up. In 2017, 20% of all new cancer cases among Asian/Pacific Islander men were prostate cancer while breast cancer accounted for 35% of all new cancers among Asian/Pacific Islander women.

Transportation Support Helps Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in Iowa

The most effective way to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly. CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program works with health systems across the United States to increase colorectal cancer screening. As part of the Iowa Get Screened Colorectal Cancer Program, the Eastern Iowa Health Center serves about 1,600 patients who are in the recommended age range for colorectal cancer screening. Only about one-third of the patients were up to date on screening in 2015.

Since then, health center staff have found ways to help increase colorectal cancer screening such as giving out gas cards to help with transportation costs and help people navigate the screening process. This resulted in 57% of patients up to date with colorectal cancer screening by the end of 2020. Read their success story.

Cancer Doesn’t Wait, and Neither Should You

Getting regular screenings can check your body for cancer before you have symptoms and find cancer early, when treatment works best. The Cancer Doesn’t Wait video explains the importance of taking care of your health by getting regular cancer screenings. Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you.

Research Spotlight

Racial and ethnic disparities in health status, chronic conditions, and behavioral risk factors among prostate cancer survivors, United States, 2015 describes racial and ethnic differences in self-reported health status, chronic conditions, and selected behavioral risk factors among prostate cancer survivors. Findings suggest that prostate cancer survivors may benefit from more education about ways to reduce behavioral risk factors such as interventions that promote physical activity and reduce smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

Did You Know?

  • A tan does not indicate good health. Any change in skin color after exposure to UV rays (whether it is a tan or burn) is a sign of injury to the skin, not health.
  • Most cancers take years to develop. Two of the most important things you can do to lower your risk are to make healthy choices and get recommended screening tests.