New Supplement on Cancer Survival Shows Gaps
A new supplement to the journal Cancer, released on December 5, looked at the percentages of people diagnosed with certain cancers who survive five years or more after diagnosis. Ten cancer-specific papers used data from the CONCORD-2 study, which tracks cancer survival worldwide, to see what survival looks like in the U.S. Among the major findings was the fact that survival for many cancers went up from 2001—2003 and 2004—2009 in the United States.
Site Visit Emphasizes Collaboration between DCPC Programs
A site visit to Tennessee in November brought together representatives from the National Program of Cancer Registries, National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, and National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. The visit was specially designed to help coordinators from all of these programs look at ways to come together and use the new award to advance their shared goals.
Breast & Cervical Advisory Committee Seeks Nominations
Nominations to the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Advisory Committee for the term beginning April 1, 2018 are now open. Nomination packets must be received by January 5, 2018 for consideration. See details and application procedures.
Cancer Publication Hosts Q and A on the Public Use Dataset
Vicki Benard, PhD, gave an interview to medical site HemOnc Today about the Public Use Dataset, launched earlier this year. The dataset—which combines cancer data from CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program—allows researchers to look at anonymous information on more than 22 million cancer cases recorded between 2001 and 2014 in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
CDC and CAP Collaborate on Data Capture Presentation
A CDC team—composed of Sandy Jones; Jennifer Seiffert, MLIS, CTR; and Joseph Rogers, MS—helped the College of American Pathologists’ Structured Data Team put together a poster presentation called “Transmission of North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) Data Using the Lung Biomarker Template from the College of American Pathologists (CAP)” for the Association for Molecular Pathology annual meeting in Salt Lake City from November 16 to 18. The poster shows how pathologists entered data directly in CAP’s electronic cancer checklists (eCC) data entry form, which was securely transferred to NAACCR.
Webinar Will Discuss Breast Cancer Gene Research and More
Sharsheret, an organization that supports Jewish women and families with breast cancer and a CDC partner, will hold a webinar called “BRCA Genetics in the News: What Do I Do Next?” on December 20 from 8 to 9pm Eastern time. The webinar will look at the latest breast cancer genetics research and helps women understand what steps to take next.
Congressional Events Support CDC Work on Breast Cancer in Young Women
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz held two events to celebrate her being 10 years cancer free. The first took place at the Capitol in Washington, DC on December 7 and the second in her district in Florida on December 10. Rep. Wasserman-Schultz wrote the EARLY Act legislation passed in 2010, which tasked CDC with helping increase understanding and awareness of breast health and breast cancer in young women. Dr. Lisa Richardson and Mike Mizelle represented CDC at each event, highlighting CDC’s Bring Your Brave Campaign, Know:BRCA tool, and Program Support for Survivor Organizations, among other activities.