September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer occurring in men. In New Hampshire, between 2006-2010, 28% of new cancer diagnoses in men and 11% of cancer deaths were due to prostate cancer. The mortality rate in New Hampshire (22.2/100,000) has been decreasing and is similar to the national rate (21.2) for US white males. 81% of prostate cancer cases were diagnosed at a localized stage. See NH Cancer Report 2006-2010.
Prostate cancer is rare before the age of 40 and sharply rises after age 50. Family history of prostate cancer increases the risk and some studies suggest that diet, obesity, smoking or prostatitis increase the risk. Incidence is highest in African –American males. The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends against routine Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer. Men should discuss their risk and need for screening with their health care provider.
NH CCC works collaboratively with hundreds of partners, including the New Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition (NHPCC), to share resources and implement strategies that address prostate cancer. Learn more about NH CCC strategies to reduce cancer statewide in the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.
Featured Partner: Kim Coronis
As Program Manager for Breathe New Hampshire (Breathe NH), Kim Coronis is on the front line working on issues related to air quality, tobacco use and chronic lung disease. She spends her days carrying out Breathe NH’s mission of eliminating lung disease and improving the quality of life for those living with lung disease in New Hampshire.
NHCCC knows her best as the Co-chair for the Primary Prevention Tobacco Workgroup. Coronis has worked on this committee for three years. “It’s good to hear what other groups are working on,” said Coronis, commenting on the collaborative nature that the workgroup provides. “I love working with teams because it’s hard to stay on top of everything on your own.” The highlight of her experience has been participating at the NHCCC 9th Annual Conference this spring where she was a panel presenter on creating healthy learning environments and different ways to coordinate the youth of New Hampshire in prevention and awareness efforts.
Earlier this year, Breathe NH released a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Issue Brief titled “Landscape of COPD in New Hampshire”. COPD refers to a group of lung diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, which obstruct or limit airflow out of the lungs and cause breathing problems. As the third leading cause of death in the US, it is largely preventable.
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Anti-Smoking Ads Featuring Celebrities Smoking Try To Get Kids To Rebel, But It Could Backfire, Medical Daily, 8/27/14
Health Organizations Call For A Ban On E-Cigarettes Indoors, NHPR, 8/26/14
Simple Measures Made Hospital Patients 70% more likely to Quit Smoking, LA Times, 8/19/14
Too Many Cancer Screenings Wasted on Those Facing Death, Bloomberg.com, 8/18/14
Working moms have new breastfeeding rights under the ACA, Reuters, 8/5/14
CDC launches third round of hard-hitting anti-smoking ads, The Nation's Health - APHA, Aug. 2014
Vermont, New Hampshire Top Melanoma Charts, MyChamplainValley.com, 7/30/14
Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer, PDF Document, 7/29/14
Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up, NPR, 7/29/14
Generation of Tanners See Spike in Deadly Melanoma, ABC News, 7/29/14
Increased numbers of NH girls get cervical cancer vaccine, Eagle-Tribune, 7/25/14
Are You Part of the Cover Up?, The Portland Sun, 7/22/14
NH Study Warns of Cancer Risk in Youth Indoor Tanning, Eagle Tribune, 7/14/14