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 Issue 71                                                                                  June 2015
In This Issue
WI CCC Plan 2015-2020 Released
WI CCC Summit Highlights
ACA Coverage Related to Cancer
Resources for Finding Worthy Cancer Charities
In Case You Missed It...
WI Cancer Council Highlights
Partner Events
Quick Links
Greetings from the CCC Program! 

Dear WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Partner,

As the days get longer the WI CCC Program team is celebrating summer and the significant accomplishments all made possible through the hard work of our partners. The month of May brought the release of the WI CCC Plan 2015-2020 and the 2015 WI CCC Summit. Thank you to all of you who made these such successes! 

We are also only days away from the highly anticipated

Healthy Hospitals & Clinics Forum "What Health Looks Like: Healthy Food & Beverages in Wisconsin Hospitals & Clinics."

We look forward to sharing more about this event in July's newsletter. 

In the meantime, soak up the summer sun (with SPF, of course) and do some light reading. May we suggest the

WI CCC Plan 2015-2020? Enjoy!

Your WI CCC Program Team

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WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2015-2020 Released

Hot off the presses! It is with great pleasure that we announce the release of the WI Comprehensive Cancer ControlPlan 2015-2020.  The updated plan was unveiled at the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Summit on May 28.  The Plan clearly identifies the priorities and strategies for the state of Wisconsin to reduce the burden of cancer. The development of this Plan would not have been possible without the expertise, time and contributions of our valued partners and we'd like to thank everyone involved in the update process. Additional information, including action steps and resources, will be available on our website in the near future. Printed copies of the Plan will be available upon request through
2015 WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Summit Highlights
Dr. Otis Brawley providing the Keynote Address at the 2015 WI CCC Summit

Thank you to those of you who joined us at the 2015 WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Summit on May 28, 2015. Nearly 150 partners, including public health professionals, clinicians, researchers, community-based leaders, survivors, advocates and other interested individuals participated in the day-long Summit which set the stage for the next five years of cancer control in Wisconsin. The Summit served as the release date for the 3rd Edition of the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2015-2020, featuring presentations highlighting projects and best practices for implementing the WI CCC Plan 2015-2020. 


The day kicked off with a presentation from Dr. Otis Webb Brawley, Chief Medical Officer at the American Cancer Society. Dr. Brawley's presentation sought to answer the question: "How can we provide adequate high quality care to populations that so often do not receive it?" Dr. Brawley emphasized the importance of addressing socioeconomic factors, including income and education, to reduce cancer health disparities, suggesting that poverty is a carcinogen. 


Dr. Brawley's presentation, along with other plenary presentations, were recorded and will be made available at in the upcoming weeks. Please stay tuned for these recordings along with other Summit material. We hope you and your colleagues will find these resources helpful in implementing the WI CCC Plan 2015-2020.

ACA Coverage Related to Cancer - Additional Clarifications

The US Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury recently released further clarification regarding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Several of these clarifications relate to cancer: 


Coverage of BRCA Testing


Q1: Must a plan or issuer cover without cost-sharing recommended genetic counseling and BRCA genetic testing for a woman who has not been diagnosed with BRCA-related cancer but who previously had breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or other cancer?

Yes. The USPSTF recommends that "primary care providers screen women who have family members with breast, ovarian, tubal, or peritoneal cancer with 1 of several screening tools designed to identify a family history that may be associated with an increased risk for potentially harmful mutations in breast cancer susceptibility genes (BRCA1 or BRCA2). Women with positive screening results should receive genetic counseling and, if indicated after counseling, BRCA testing." The USPSTF's Final Recommendation Statement related to BRCA testing indicates that the recommendation "applies to asymptomatic women who have not been diagnosed with BRCA-related cancer."

Coverage of Colonoscopies to USPSTF Recommendations


Q7: If a colonoscopy is scheduled and performed as a preventive screening procedure for colorectal cancer pursuant to the USPSTF recommendation, is it permissible for a plan or issuer to impose cost sharing with respect to anesthesia services performed in connection with the preventive colonoscopy?

No. The plan or issuer may not impose cost sharing with respect to anesthesia services performed in connection with the preventive colonoscopy if the attending provider determines that anesthesia would be medically appropriate for the individual.


To read the clarifications in their entirety click here

Resources for Finding Worthy Cancer Charities


The Federal Trade Commission and 58 law enforcement partners from every state and the District of Columbia have charged four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million from consumers. The defendants told donors their money would help cancer patients, including children and women suffering from breast cancer, but the overwhelming majority of donations benefited only the perpetrators, their families and friends, and fundraisers. This is one of the largest actions brought to date by enforcers against charity fraud.


WI Cancer Council and WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program have received inquiries from the public about these cancer charities. We encourage individuals to look for reports or commentary at the three major charity watchdogs: the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, and CharityWatch. Similarly, we encourage our partners who work directly with cancer survivors and advocates to share these resources as well, along with the infographic to the right. These resources can help ensure that every cancer dollar donated goes to worthy organizations and programs. 

In Case You Missed It
Hispanics' Health in the US - CDC Update: The first national study on Hispanic health risks and leading causes of death in the United States by the CDC showed that similar to non-Hispanic whites (whites), the two leading causes of death in Hispanics are heart disease and cancer. 


Wisconsin 45th in Public Health Spending: A new report funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks Wisconsin 45th nationwide in per capita state spending on public health.The report, released April and conducted by the Trust for America's Health, acknowledged comparison between state public health budgets is difficult. But it said that the state invested $75 million in public health in fiscal years 2013-2014, roughly $13.03 per capita. The national median was $31.04. 

Scholarship for Cancer Survivors: A new college scholarship has been announced by Chalik & Chalik Law Offices. Aimed at those who have survived a serious medical diagnosis and are moving forward in their lives, the $1,000 scholarship is open to those attending college or law school in the U.S each fall.
New Population-based HPV Data: The Journal of the National Cancer Institute released new data from a CDC-initiated and sponsored study. Researchers examined HPV DNA in tissue samples of cancer cases identified by cancer registries, largely samples from 2004-2005. The findings allow for more accurate estimates of the potential preventable cases of HPV-associated cancers in the US.
WI Cancer Council Highlights

Welcome  New Members 


Bad River Health and Wellness Center provides on going breast, cervical and colorectal screening through their clinic. A recent CDC grant was awarded to Bad River based on the high rate of cancer and late stage diagnosis in the community to increase community awareness, cancer prevention and education. On June 15th and 16th the Center will host the Shakopee Nation Mammogram Unit to provide free mammograms to Bad River Tribal members as part of their Women's Health Event.


Hmong Cancer and Health, Inc. is dedicated to help the Hmong community and others in Wisconsin dealing with an alarming increase in cancer and other chronic diseases. They sponsor cancer awareness and prevention workshops in local communities in collaboration with local health care providers and partners.


Ho-Chunk Nation Health Department is based in Black River Falls with offices or clinics in Black River Falls, LaCrosse, Nekoosa, Tomah, Baraboo, and  Wittenberg. They offer Freedom from Smoking classes, nutrition education courses on using garden produce and much more. They are currently featuring CDC programs "Rethink your drink" (choosing water over sugar sweetened beverages) and "Vital Signs" to reduce binge drinking. 


Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health was established in 2008 to provide health information, community news and sponsor health and wellness events in the local Hmong community. A current project focuses on training lay health educators to address cancer health disparities through community health workers and developing a community health mentoring curriculum serving breast or cervical cancer survivors.   

"Share the Care" Cancer Conference 


Earlier, in May, the WI Cancer Council and WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program co-sponsored the annual "Share the Care" Cancer Conference for Tribal Members and Tribal Clinic staff. This year, the event was hosted by the Bad River Tribal Nation in Odanah, WI, near the shores of Lake Superior. Important topics such as HPV vaccination/cancer prevention, grief and loss, financial impact of cancer, and cancer survivorship were covered.  WCC member organizations were offered the opportunity to exhibit. Angel on My Shoulder, Breast Cancer Recovery, Pink Shawl, American Cancer Society, WI Division of Public Health's  Bureau of Public Health Radon Program and the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program were on site to promote their services.   

Partner Events 

Healthy Hospital & Clinics Forum

June 5, 2015

Sheraton Hotel

707 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 

Third Annual Genomics and Ethics Symposium

June 11, 2015

Italian Conference Center 

631 E Chicago Street, Milwaukee, WI

Updates in Head and Neck Oncology

June 13, 2015

Sheraton Hotel Milwaukee Brookfield

375 S Moorland Road, Brookfield, WI

CCC Plan Update is a monthly publication of the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and the Wisconsin Cancer Council. Its purpose is to share information on cancer prevention and control as it relates to our partners in Wisconsin.

For more information, contact: Sarah Kerch, Communication & Events Coordinator, or 608-266-8599.