April is National Cancer Control Month
Every day in New Hampshire, 19 people are diagnosed with cancer and 7 people lose their lives to the disease. However, the National Cancer Institute estimates between 50% and 70% of cancer deaths in the U.S. can be prevented through lifestyle choices. That could mean nearly 2,000 fewer deaths each year in our state alone.
Eliminating tobacco use, maintaining a healthy weight and activity level, and practicing sun safety can reduce your cancer risk. Regular screening for colorectal, breast, and cervical cancers can also help prevent or detect the disease earlier. Other cancer control efforts are aimed at improving the quality of life for all those diagnosed with cancer. More information about cancer control is available from the American Cancer Society.
NH CCC works collaboratively with hundreds of partners to share resources and implement strategies that address cancer. Learn more about NH CCC strategies to reduce cancer statewide in the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and improve the quality of life for all those diagnosed with cancer.
Together – Eliminating Cancer
Featured Partner: Joanne Gersten
Joanne Gersten, RN, MS is the Program Director for the New Hampshire Colorectal Cancer Screening Program (NHCRCSP). Joanne has been a valued partner to the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NHCCC) since her involvement in the development of NH’s initial Cancer Plan, A Call To Action 2010. This plan included several Prevention and Early Detection objectives that helped to lay the foundation for the work she does with the NHCRCSP. The current Plan, 2010-2014 NH Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan also aligns with the work and goals of the NHCRCSP.
Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US among men and women 50 years and older. While it is one of the most common causes of cancer deaths – it is also one of the few cancers that can be prevented when detected early. The NHCRCSP is a statewide effort aimed at helping detect colorectal cancer early by increasing screening rates for New Hampshire residents.
CDC Smoking and Tobacco
National Cancer Institue Benchmarks
News and Events
Nowhere to Hide: KIds , Once Protected, Now Influenced by Tobacco Marketing, D-H Norris Cotton Cancer Center News Release, 4/4/2014
Can Fear of Cancer Keep College Kids From Binge Drinking?, NHPR, 3/25/14
Smoking Proves Hard to Shake Among the Poor, NY Times, 3/24/14
Fighting for NH's Health, Foster's Daily Democrat, 3/23/14
Dartmouth Cancer Researchers Issue State-of-the-State on Genetic-Based Testing and Treatment for Breast Cancer, DHMC press release, 3/21/14
State House Live: NH House Kills Bill that Bans Under -18 Tanning, Concord Monitor, 3/19/14
E-Cigarettes and Smoking, NHPR, 3/18/14
NH AG Urges Big-Name Pharmacies to Halt Tobacco Sales, WMUR, 3/18/14
7th-grader's Effort Paves Way for Smoke-Free Beaches, NH Union Leader, 3/15/14