May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
One in five people will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. According to the New Hampshire State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), New Hampshire is one of the few states with a melanoma incidence rate higher than the national average. White, non-Hispanic people are the most at-risk group for melanoma. Skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer, with many of the cases being linked to overexposure to ultraviolet sunlight and indoor tanning equipment.
The Melanoma Foundation of New England and others partnered with NH CCC to support the passage of a law that bans indoor tanning for those under age 18. The Penacook Community Center (PCC) has been implementing the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s evidence based program Sunbeatables™, to educate children, parents and teachers about sun protection. It is offered to all of its preschool programs. In April, with financial support from the NH Cancer Control Program, PCC hosted this community based preschool curriculum training program to other Early Learning Centers.
NH CCC works collaboratively with partners to share resources and implement strategies that address skin and other cancers in New Hampshire. Learn more about NH CCC strategies to reduce cancer statewide in the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.
Featured Partner: David Nalepinski
David Nalepinski is the Director of the Oncology Service Line and Business Operations at Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC). He was elected to the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) Board of Directors last year and is a Shared Decision Making Task Force Co-Leader.
“The NH CCC provides the opportunity for state cancer resources to collaborate instead of competing against each other,” David said. “They have provided leaders in cancer care and policy an opportunity to work together, promoting our individual strengths and perspectives in ways that complement each other.”
“Dr. William Black from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, an investigator with the National Lung Screening Trial, implemented shared decision making as an essential part of lung screening,” he said. “This led me to work with the NH CCC Shared Decision Making Task Force, not just for lung, but also other cancers that promote screening as an effective method.”
“Our Shared Decision Making Task Force is working with The Dartmouth Institute Preference Lab to conduct a state-wide training session for primary care providers,” he added. “The first hands-on shared decision making training is being presented by the Preference Lab in partnership with the NH CCC.” To register, visit https://from-class-to-clinic.eventbrite.com
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