Stephanie Wheeler, associate professor at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, will present “Data-Powered Decision Making: Guiding Colorectal Cancer Screening Implementation through Simulation” at noon on Friday, May 4, in W256 GH. Her talk is part of the Holden Cancer Center’s Grand Rounds and is open to all.
The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) recently issued a report based on a survey that was conducted to assess which evidence-based colorectal cancer screening interventions are currently being utilized in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and which implementation strategies are being employed to ensure that the interventions are executed as intended.
The University of Iowa was one of eight FQHCs that participated in the survey which was coordinated onsite by the Prevention Research Center at the UI College of Public Health. The UI team was also a part of the CPCRN workgroup that published the brief and included Edith Parker, Natoshia Askelson, and Laura Seegmiller.
The survey found that while colorectal cancer screening rates have been increasing, there is still work to be done in order to reach the national goal of 80% by 2018.
According to a report
- The majority (77%) of surveyed FQHCs were either fully or partially implementing evidence-based interventions (EBIs) to improve colorectal cancer (CRC) screening.
- Health centers were actively using a range of implementation strategies to incorporate EBIs into practice.
- EBIs that were underutilized include: patient reminders, patient navigation, small media, and group education.
- Implementation strategies that were underutilized include: community assessments, formation of implementation teams, formal commitments to recommend CRC screening, and incentive or penalty systems for providers and organizations.
A PDF of the full report is available at http://cpcrn.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Colorectal-Cancer-Brief.pdf
All are invited to two public panels featuring a medical and anthropology delegation from the National University of Singapore and the National Museum of Denmark, who will speak about an international and inter-disciplinary project to study the hurdles which women across Asia face in early presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Meanings: Journeys across Asia
Monday, April 23 | 3:30 – 5 pm | 1117 University Capitol Centre
Breast cancer is now the most common and fast-growing cancer among women in most Asian countries. This University of Iowa Anthropology Seminar with panelists (see below) will present conversations across Asia with breast cancer patients, their caregivers, traditional healers as well as ordinary people on the subject of breast cancer meanings.
Choosing to Die: A Global Look at the Impact of Cultural Norms on the Choices Women Make in Cancer Treatment
Tuesday, April 24 | 3 – 4:30 pm | 1117 University Capitol Centre
Panelists will discuss details of their recent international, interdisplinary pilot study focused on the hurdles women across Asia seem to face when diagnosed with breast cancer. Moderated by Dr. Resmiye Oral, UI Carver College of Medicine.
Senior consultant in division of general surgery (breast surgery) at National University Hospital and head of Breast Cancer Prevention Program of the School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
Wong Mee Lian
Professor of public health, School of Public Health and School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
Manager of the Breast Cancer Prevention Program, School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen
Anthropologist, modern history and world cultures, National Museum of Denmark
Professor of Anthropology and C. Maxwell and Elizabeth M. Stanley Family Chair of Asian Studies, University of Iowa
Sponsored by International Programs, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the Department of Anthropology, and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Sarolta Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org (319) 335-3862
Congratulations to the College of Public Health Relay for Life team for raising $2,940 for cancer research and patient care programs. They were the #1 fundraisers out of 17 teams at the Relay for Life of Johnson County event held April 7. Special shout out to Chuck Hession for being the #1 individual fundraiser out of all participants and to Erin Mobley for serving as team leader! Check out all of the results.
An estimated 6,300 Iowans will die from cancer in 2018, 18 times the number killed in auto accidents, according to a new report released March 6 by the State Health Registry of Iowa, based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
Lung cancer will continue to be the most common cause of cancer death for both males and females and will be responsible for about 1,640—or about one out of every four—cancer deaths in Iowa, according to Cancer in Iowa: 2018.
The annual report also projects an estimated 17,800 new cancers will be diagnosed among Iowa residents this year. Breast cancer will remain the most common type of cancer diagnosed among females, while prostate cancer will remain the most common type among males.
“Overall, the number of new cases of cancer per year in Iowa is remaining flat,” says Mary Charlton, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UI College of Public Health. “In the past couple of years, we projected greater decreases in prostate cancer cases as a result of the 2012 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations against prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening, but we haven’t seen big declines. This suggests PSA testing practices in Iowa have not substantially changed, despite the recommendations of the USPSTF.”
Researchers also are not seeing the anticipated decrease in lung cancer cases. According to Charlton, this likely reflects the fact that smoking rates in Iowa are no longer declining at the rate they were a decade ago.
The report includes county-by-county statistics, summaries of new research projects, and a special section focused on obesity-related cancer.
Read the full Iowa Now article
Watch the video of a press conference discussing the 2018 report
Additional Media Coverage:
Barbara Baquero, CPH assistant professor of community and behavioral health, recently spoke to Public Health Minute about her work focusing on community-based health behavior interventions to reduce health inequalities related to obesity and cancer among Latinos in low-resource communities.
CPH students, faculty, and staff are invited to register or form a team for this year’s Relay for Life cancer walk on Saturday, April 7, at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.
Learn more: RelayForLife.org/JohnsonCountyIA
Join or donate to the College of Public Health team: bit.ly/CPHrelay18
There’s also an opportunity to join planning committees for the event. If you’re interested in helping, please contact:
Christy Manternach | Senior Manager, State Health Systems
North Region | American Cancer Society, Inc.
4080 First Avenue NE Suite 101
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
A long-term study on the use of the weed killer glyphosate by agricultural workers has found no firm link between exposure to the herbicide and cancer.
Published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), the study found no association between glyphosate, the main ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, and any solid tumors or lymphoid malignancies overall, including non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and its subtypes.
The research team included Charles Lynch, professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Laura Beane Freeman, principal investigator of the study at the National Cancer Institute, is also an alumna of the college.
In a summary of the results, the researchers said that among 54,251 pesticide applicators studied, 44,932, or 82.9 percent, used glyphosate.
Although the study noted there was some evidence of increased risk of acute myeloid leukemia among the highest exposed group, this association was not statistically significant.
The new research is part of the Agricultural Health Study, which has been tracking the health of tens of thousands of agricultural workers and their families in Iowa and North Carolina since the 1990s.