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: Stephanie Friree
Stephanie Friree is a medical librarian for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region where she serves as the Outreach and Technology Coordinator. She reaches out to libraries, public health agencies, schools, and other stakeholders in the provision of health information to connect them with the world’s largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
Information from the NLM is free and reliable, what Friree describes as a “goldmine of resources” for the medical community. Resources she is passionate about sharing in order to better the health of the regions she works with.
Through assessments, networking, and local interviews, Friree learned about the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC). She was able to sit in on several Steering Committee meetings and work with members of the NH CCC in order to gain a greater understanding of the Collaboration’s work.
This process guided her to provide funding to the NH CCC to host a hands-on presentation for health care practitioners and NH CCC partners on April 17th in Concord. At the hands-on presentation, she will introduce practitioners to resources and tools to help make their work more efficient. Resources presented will be reliable and relevant for both health professionals and patients.
RSVP online if you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to effectively gather health related information for free.
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News and Events
Angelina Jolie Pitt Has Ovaries Removed, Citing Cancer Fears, NHPR, 3/24/15
Why The War On Cancer Hasn't Been Won, NHPR, 3/24/15
Stats Split On Progress Against Cancer, NHPR, 3/24/15
Department of Health and Human Services Highlights Concerns in New Data Brief "Adolescent Cigarette Smoking and Marijuana Use", NH DHHS Press Release, 3/18/15
Senate committee approves bill to cover oral anti-cancer drugs, Union Leader, 3/16/15
Editorial: Senate should pass bill on teen tanning, Concord Monitor, 3/12/15
COMMUNITY COMMENTARY Smoking and choking go hand in hand for kids in cars, Fosters Daily Democrat, 3/10/15
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