March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in New Hampshire. An estimated 730 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 220 people will die this year. According to the CDC, the number of new colorectal cancer cases could be reduced by as much as 90% if all precancerous polyps are identified by screening tests and removed before they become cancerous.
NH CCC partners at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and NH Division of Public Health Services developed the New Hampshire Colorectal Screening Program (NHCRSP) to increase colorectal screening rates of residents 50 years and older. The program provides a limited number of free colonoscopies to residents who meet financial and clinical eligibility.
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.
Together – Eliminating Cancer
Featured Partner: Christin D'Ovidio
Christin D’Ovidio has been working in the NH Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) since 2008 as the Health Communications Specialist and has been on the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaborations (NH CCC) Communications Workgroup for as much time. The NH TPCP is under the NH Department of Health and Human Services and is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The TPCP is dedicated to the implementation of a comprehensive program designed to reduce the prevalence and consumption of tobacco use in New Hampshire. The Program's primary goals are: prevent NH youth from beginning to use tobacco; eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke; promote quitting tobacco among users; and prioritize efforts to reach those most affected by tobacco. Christin’s work in the TPCP directly overlaps the primary prevention areas of the Collaborations’ Cancer Plan. One of her main responsibilities is to oversee and create effective media campaigns that promote quitting tobacco use and drive NH residents to the NH Tobacco Helpline.
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News and Events
Are Regulations Necessary for E-Cigarettes?, NH Business Review, 3.7.14
The Breast Cancer Racial Gap, NY Times Blog, 3/3/14
Marijuana May Hurt the Developing Teen Brain, NHPR, 3/3/14
Increased Incidence of Thyroid Cancer due to Increase in Diagnosis, Oncology Nurse Advisor, 2/28/14
Mammograms,: Are they Needed or Not?, CNN.com, 2/20/14
Letter: Smart Move, CVS, Concord Monitor, 2/18/14
NH Health Commish Supports CVS Tobacco Removal, Boston.com, 2/6/14
CVS to Stop Selling Tobacco Products, NHPR, 2/5/14
Letter: On Smoking, There 's More to be Done, Concord Monitor, 01/27/14
Helping Smokers Quit, or Not Start in the First Place, NY TImes, 1/27/14
N.H. Again Graded 'F' for Tobacco Prevention, SeacoastOnline, 01/27/14