February is National Cancer Prevention Month
Between 2006 and 2010, approximately 7,500 new cancer cases were diagnosed annually in NH and there were over 12,500 cancer related deaths among NH residents (approximately 2,500 deaths per year).
There are many ways to reduce your risk of developing cancer. The NH CCC’s Primary Prevention and Early Detection Work Groups have identified numerous objectives outlined in the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan to decrease cancer risk. Current efforts of the work groups focus on four areas of prevention:
- avoiding tobacco use
- achieving and maintaining a healthy weight by eating well and getting daily physical activity
- protecting yourself from the harmful effects of the sun and indoor tanning by using sunscreen and refraining from indoor tanning devices
- receiving recommended colorectal and cervical screening tests that can find changes early and prevent cancer from developing
The NH CCC supports the work of the NH Immunization Program in their efforts to reduce cancer by increasing HPV vaccination rates. HPV is the only cancer prevention vaccine available. It works by preventing the most common types of HPV that cause cervical cancer.
NH CCC works collaboratively with partners to share resources and implement strategies that address the burden of cancer in New Hampshire. Learn more about CDC resources to prevent cancer in children and NH CCC strategies to reduce cancer statewide in the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.
Together – Eliminating Cancer
Featured Partner: Lisa Marzoli
Lisa Marzoli is an Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Wellness Coordinator dedicated to the State of New Hampshire Account. She works with over 35 wellness team members to offer biometric screenings, programs, education, and incentives to state employees and their families.
She is a member of the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration Primary Prevention Workgroup whose goal is to create environments that support a healthy lifestyle to reduce cancer risk.
In her work with the state account, the focus is on prevention. Activities include targeted reminders for preventive cancer screenings, partnering with the American Cancer Society to provide education on skin cancer awareness and working with various departments to help employees become tobacco free.
Also in conjunction with Anthem, the state offers a program called Compass SmartShopper. The program helps lower healthcare costs by providing employees with cost information for common elective medical procedures, diagnostic tests, and financial rewards if they choose to receive these services from a cost-effective New Hampshire provider.
Mammograms and colonoscopies are eligible for financial rewards.“I love the diversity of what I do. I work with employees from all agencies and departments throughout the State”, Lisa said. “It’s been exciting watching the evolution of an accepted culture of wellness and seeing the needle move in a healthy direction. It’s a win-win situation for State employees and NH residents.”
CDC Smoking and Tobacco
National Cancer Institute Benchmarks
Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
News and Events
Denis B. Hammond, MD: NH oral chemo patients get stuck with outrageous bills, Union Leader, 2/23/15
Editorial: Children of smokers deserve some protection, Concord Monitor, 2/19/15
Cancer Breakthroughs Are Needed In Policy As Well As Science, Forbes, 2/17/15
Timing is everything, GeriPal - A Geriatrics and Palliatave Care Blog, 2/10/15
Only A Small Fraction Of Cancers Are Unpreventable, Think Progress, 2/10/15
Why Is It So Hard for Doctors to Talk to Patients About Death?, PBS Frontline, 2/10/15
Letter: Dangers of tanning, Concord Monitor, 2/5/15
Local cancer survivors make push for tanning ban for teens, Nashua Telegraph, 2/3/15
Obama Wants Funding For Research On More Precise Health Care, NHPR, 1/30/15
Obama calls on Congress to fund 'precision medicine' studies, Twin Cities Pioneer Press, 1/30/15
Is It OK To Pay Pregnant Women To Stop Smoking?, NHPR, 1/28/15
Learning About Hospice Should Begin Long Before You Are Sick, Kaiser Health News, 1/27/15
Disease prevention, health care important to Jaime Hoebeke, Union Leader, 1/25/15
You'll Never Guess How Much Smoking Costs You in New Hampshire, Concord Patch, 1/21/15