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CRC News – Week of April 16

CRC News – Week of April 16
The following email news update was shared with NCCRT members and partners on Tuesday, April 16th, 2018. Sign up to subscribe to our regular email updates.

Registration is Open for Wednesday, May 2nd 3:00pm ET Webinar on New NCCRT CRC Coalition Guide

Registration is now open for an upcoming NCCRT webinar on May 2nd at 3:00pm, that will coincide with the release of the NCCRT State CRC Coalition Guide and Workbook.  This webinar is a repeat of the workshop hosted at last November’s NCCRT Annual Meeting, Guide and Workbook for State Level Colorectal Cancer Coalitions/Roundtables, which was one of our most highly rated workshops.  During this webinar, we will examine the recommendations from a new NCCRT tool and corresponding workbook that present different visions, structures, strategies, and lessons learned for launching effective state-based CRC coalitions.  We’ll hear from two early leaders in state coalition efforts to promote CRC control efforts, who will tell their stories and offer different approaches to success.  Speakers include: Shauntay L. Davis, MPH, Program Director, Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, California Department of Public Health, Katie Bathje, MA, LPCC, Program Director, Kentucky Cancer Consortium and Caleb Levell, Program Manager, NCCRT. 

The webinar is open to NCCRT members, 80% by 2018 partners, CDC grantees, ACS Health Systems and Communications staff, and new partners interested in getting engaged in colorectal cancer screening efforts.   You must be pre-registered to join.  Registration is available here.

New 80% by 2018 Blog Recapping March

A new 80% by 2018 Blog, March 2018: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Goes Coast to Coast, by Dr. Richard Wender and Anjee Davis is now live.  We’ve been in awe of all the CRC screening events and activities that took place coast to coast last month, and we hope you will enjoy some reflections about the month.  The collective activity was truly astounding, and together we are making a difference. 

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NCCRT Members Drs. Dennis Ahnen and Electra Paskett Join Other Leaders in Receiving Prestigious Laurels Awards

The NCCRT is pleased to join the Prevent Cancer Foundation and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in honoring leaders in cancer prevention with the annual “Laurels Awards” for national leadership, community service and health equity, presented at last week’s Dialogue for Action meeting.  This year, Dr. Dennis Ahnen received the National Leadership Award, Dr. Reshma Khan received the Dedication to Community Service Award, and Dr. Electra Paskett received the Increasing Health Equity Award.  In addition to the these awards, the Prevent Cancer Foundation presented Dr. Paul Engstrom with a special Lifetime Achievement Award.  Please join me in congratulating these heroes in cancer prevention!

Updated CDC United States Cancer Statistics: Data Visualization Tool

CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control has introduced new updates to the United States Cancer Statistics: Data Visualizations tool, a user-friendly product that allows cancer surveillance data to be directly and more easily accessible by the public and cancer control planners. New features include: county statistics, survival estimates, prevalence estimates, optimized display for mobile devices, and the ability to share specific selections on social media. Users can customize displays of overall and cancer-specific statistics, download data tables, and share each page via social media. This tool, developed in conjunction with ATSDR’s Geospatial Research, Analysis, and Services Program (GRASP), creates data visualizations to describe U.S. cancer burden, incidence and mortality over time, and state-specific data in comparison to national rates. 2015 cancer data are scheduled to be added this summer.  Congratulations to CDC for creating this fabulous new resource, and thank you to Lisa Richardson for bringing this to our attention.

Veterans Affairs (VA) National Radio Tour on Colorectal Cancer Reaches 25 Million Listeners

Congratulations to NCCRT Members Dr. Jason Dominitz and Doug Roberston who assisted with a March “Research Radio Media Tour,” highlighting the VA’s colorectal cancer research.  Drs. Dominitz and Robertson reached 25 million listeners through 20 confirmed radio station airings throughout the U.S., emphasizing the importance of screening and describing the VA’s research efforts for colorectal cancer. Several radio hosts shared their personal experiences and asked about the symptoms of colorectal cancer and how it can be detected early.  Many thanks to Dr. Dominitz and Robertson for spreading the word!

New ASTHO Column on Colorectal Cancer Screening

You may enjoy this column from long-time NCCRT friend and new Chief Medical Officer of ASTHO, Dr. Marcus Plescia, in which he joins NCCRT Chair, Dr. Richard Wender in outlining six ways states can promote colorectal cancer screening and prevention.  You can view the column here.  Many thanks to Dr. Plescia for his work on this effort.

Rescheduled:  Join the Colorectal Cancer Alliance For the Launch of “March Forth” in Philadelphia

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance has rescheduled the launch of a new foundation, March Forth, which had to be postponed due to a late season snow-storm.  The new date for this launch event is May 15th.  The new foundation has been created to focus on a city-centric approach to drive up screening rates and save lives from colorectal cancer.  Today, Philadelphia has one of the lowest screening rates in the United States at 44 percent, so there is both tremendous opportunity and work ahead.  The launch will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm at the Philadelphia College of Physicians, 19 22nd St.  RSVP to [email protected].  For more information, visit

Welcome Sabine Louise Petra Bell!

Last, but not least, the NCCRT family is pleased to share the news that Emily Butler Bell and her husband Griff welcomed Sabine Louise Petra Bell into the world on April 13th!   Sabine came in the world at just 4 lb. 11 oz.  Fortunately, Emily tells us she is tiny, but healthy and strong.  The family is doing well.  Emily will be on maternity leave, returning in mid-August, so let Dionne, Caleb, or me know if you need anything during this time.  In the meantime, please join us in sending our sincere congratulations to the family on the arrival of their beautiful baby!


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