March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in New Hampshire. An estimated 730 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 220 people will die this year. According to the CDC, the number of new colorectal cancer cases could be reduced by as much as 90% if all precancerous polyps are identified by screening tests and removed before they become cancerous.
NH CCC partners at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and NH Division of Public Health Services developed the New Hampshire Colorectal Screening Program (NHCRSP) to increase colorectal screening rates of residents 50 years and older. The program provides a limited number of free colonoscopies to residents who meet financial and clinical eligibility.
NH CCC works collaboratively with hundreds of partners to share resources and implement strategies that address cancer. Learn more about 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.”
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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