January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Cervical cancer is one of the few cancers that can be prevented through screening. According to the 2012 NH Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS), 87% of all New Hampshire women aged between 21 and 65 years reported that they had a Pap test within the past three years. In 2012, it was also found that 4% of NH adult females aged between 21 and 65 never had a Pap test. Nearly half of all of reported cervical cancers (48%) were diagnosed in late stage.
Cervical cancer screening can help to prevent cervical cancer or detect it early when it is most treatable. Screening guidelines are available through the U.S Preventive Services Task Force. The HPV vaccine (shots) can help protect people from cervical and some other cancers.
Many women in New Hampshire are eligible for free screening and diagnostic tests through the Department of Health and Human Service’s Let No Woman Be Overlooked Program. To determine if you are eligible, you may call 1-800-852-3345. In addition, the Affordable Care Act has helped to reduce cost-sharing for clinical preventive services including cervical cancer screening. In NH, women may be newly eligible for insurance through the New Hampshire Health Protection Program or the Marketplace.
NH CCC works with partners to share resources and implement strategies to decrease cervical and other cancers in New Hampshire. Learn more about NH CCC strategies to reduce cancer statewide in the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.
Together – Eliminating Cancer
Featured Partner: Ellen Musinsky
Ellen Musinsky, Esq., practices at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC and is a Professor Emerita of the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She has been a NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) Board Member for about six years.
“I enjoy being a member of the Board, and feel I have been helpful with public policy and legal issues,” Ellen said. “In the future, I hope to find additional time so I can be more active in the issues that the Collaboration is involved in.”
Cancer has personally affected Ellen. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988 and 2006. “My father died of testicular cancer, my uncle died of bladder cancer, and I had a very close friend who died of multiple myeloma,” Ellen said. “That was particularly hard for me being that we were best friends and since we were both ill at the same time.”
“There was no history of breast cancer in my family,” she added. “I was totally blown away when I received the diagnosis. Fortunately, I had a great support system.”
Midway through last year, Ellen returned to practice in Manchester. She has 25 years of litigation experience serving in New Hampshire state courts and state and federal administrative agencies. In the past, Ellen has played a key role in developing and revising many state laws including the:
- State domestic violence statute
- Child protection statute
- Guardianship of minors statute
- Licensing of naturopathic physicians
- Revisions to the state divorce laws
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News and Events
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
Families First to Hold Free Women's Cancer Screening Clinic, Portsmouth Patch, 1/22/15
Registration is now OPEN for the NH CCC 10th Annual Meeting, E-blast to NH CCC Members, 1/23/15
Cancer coalition awards grants to three organizations, Union Leader, 1/19/15
State launches 'Dear Me New Hampshire' anti-tobacco campaign, WMUR 9, 1/17/15
Institute of Medicine Urges Broader Sharing of Clinical Trial Data, Wall Street Journal, 1/14/15
Racial Bias, Even When We Have Good Intentions, The New York Times, 1/3/15
N.H. hopes to help tobacco users kick the habit 2015, Concord Monitor, 1/1/15
N.H. needs to end raid on tobacco-settlement funds, Seacoatonline.com, 1/5/15
Breast Cancer Prevention Starts in Childhood, Medscape - login required, 12/8/14
Grant aims to reduce smoking, tobacco use at USNH and CCSNH institutions, Concord Monitor, 12/25/14
Keene medical center to host workshops on how to quit smoking, SentinelSource.com, 12/24/14
What Happens After You Get That Mammogram, NHPR, 12/18/14
DHHS offers help kicking the habit, Eagle Tribune, 12/17/14