Prevention and Early Detection Goal
Goal: Reduce cancer morbidity and mortality by increasing awareness and screening rates for those cancers where evidence-based guidelines exist.
Dr. Lynn Butterly, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Karen Bugler, NH Dept. of Health & Human Services
People can reduce their risk of getting some cancers by following recommended screening guidelines. Screenings can find cancers at an early stage, which can increase the available treatment options and decrease mortality rates for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers. Colorectal and cervical cancer screening can find changes early and prevent cancer from developing. No matter the type of cancer, it is critical that the unequal cancer burden among minorities and underserved populations be addressed. The NH CCC has identified target populations to help eliminate health disparities in the state.
The Prevention and Early Detection work group focuses its efforts on:
- Colorectal cancer- screen 80% of New Hampshire residents who are 50 and older.
- Breast cancer- improve breast cancer screening rates to increase early-stage diagnoses and reduce mortality.
- Cervical cancer- increase the number of New Hampshire women who report receiving a Pap test.
- Prostate cancer- encourage shared decision making between men and their health care providers.
Prevention and Early Detection
News and Events
National Report: NH Ranks 48th in Protecting Kids From Tobacco, Sacramento Bee,12/9/13
Study Finds Many Lung Cancer Tumors Prove Harmless, Santa Fe New Mexican, 12/9/13
Lawmakers in 2014 May Tighten NH's 2007 Smoking Ban, Concord Monitor, 12/8/13
Palliative Care, the Treatment That Respects Pain, NY Times, 12/2/13
Sick Lungs Don't Show, Breathe NH video, 11/20/13
Colorectal Cancer Tests Save Lives, CDC Vital Signs, 11/2013
How Doctors Die - Showing Others the Way, NYT, 11/19/13
NYC Bans Tobacco Sales to Anyone Under Age 21, WBTV.com, 11/20/13
Ten Things E-Cigarettes Won't Tell You, Wall Street Journal, 11.10.13
Doctors Slow to Embrace Recommended HPV Testing, NHPR, 11/7/13
Research funding opportunity announced by Northern New England Clincal Oncology Society, deadline 11/16/13
Making Strides to End Breast Cancer in Dover, Fosters.com, 10/15/13
Free Breast Cancer Screenings Offered at Families First, Seacoastonline, 10/14/13
DHHS Announces Medicaid Care Management Sessions for Clients, NH DHHS, 9/30/13
The Shutdown's Squeeze on Science and Health, NHPR, 10/1/13