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February 2015



"Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the nation, killing more than 150,000 people each year including over 750 in New Hampshire.  This funding, from the NH Cancer Collaboration, offers us an exciting opportunity to bring together key partners for a 'best practices summit' in New Hampshire  to develop a comprehensive plan to provide targeted lung cancer screening that will result in earlier detection of the disease and fewer deaths."


Jeff Seyler
President and CEO
American Lung Association of the Northeast 



February is National Cancer Prevention Month


Between 2006 and 2010, approximately 7,500 new cancer cases were diagnosed annually in NH and there were over 12,500 cancer related deaths among NH residents (approximately 2,500 deaths per year). There are many ways to reduce your risk of developing cancer.


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NHPHA Annual Meeting and Awards for 2015. We Need Your Help!

February 13th

Wednesday, April 8, 4:00-7:00


Webinar: Survivorship Care Plans: Implementing the ASCO template, GW Cancer Institute
Feb. 18, 2 PM 


Friday, March 6 



Tuesday, March 10




Lymphoma Workshop: Understanding Lymphoma Basics and Current Treatment Options
Saturday, March 14


NH Immunization Conference

March 25


Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies: A three part film by Ken Burns

March 30, 9:00 pm


NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration's 10th Annual Meeting: Aligning Strategies to Improve Cancer Care in a Shifting Landscape

Wednesday, April 1


Creating Opportunities: Integrating Community Health Workers into Practice

April 15



Association of Community Cancer Center's 2015 Patient Assistance and Reimbursement Guide for Health Professionals


Community Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Behavioral Screen Time Interventions to Prevent Childhood Obesity 


CDC Releases New Resources for Hospitals to Create Healthier Environments  

How to Prevent Half of US Cancers: Join the Campaign, American Institute for Cancer Research 


Cancer Survivorship E-Learning Series for Primary Care Providers, Module 4: The Importance of Prevention in Cancer Survivorship: Empowering Survivors to Live Well 

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Come One, Come All to Our 10th Annual Meeting!

Join us in celebrating our 10th annual meeting and the launch of the 2015-2020 NH Cancer Plan, on Wednesday, April 1, at the Grappone Conference Center, Courtyard by Marriott in Concord.  Learn about opportunities for integrating primary and cancer care, how health system changes might impact patient-provider outcomes, and how changing out-of-pocket costs effect vulnerable populations.  You will be able to attend one of five Hot Topic Breakout sessions. To learn more about this event, "Aligning Strategies to Improve Cancer Care in a Shifting Landscape", view the brochure and register NOW to take advantage of the Early Bird fee of only $50 that includes lunch, continuing education credits, and many networking opportunities.

Funds Awarded to Partner Organizations Will Promote Best Practices

The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NHCCC) has awarded funds to three partner organizations to support initiatives that advance key priorities of the Collaboration. "We are pleased to support three innovative projects that will make a difference by promoting the latest scientific screening practices to reduce lung cancer deaths, improving the utilization of palliative care, and mobilizing high school youth toward healthier communities," said NH CCC Board Chair Barbara Kimball.

The HPV Vaccine: Emerging Issue Brief
Providers Can Play an Important Role

Human papillomavirus (HPV) infects approximately one in four adults in the United States and it is known to be a precursor to cervical and several other types of cancer. Many of these can be prevented with HPV vaccination. Providers can play an important role in increasing pre-teen HPV vaccinations by providing information and recommending the complete 3-dose series of HPV vaccine during preventative care visits when other vaccines are administered. According to the Centers for Disease Control, as many as two-thirds of 11- and 12-year old vaccine-eligible girls may not be receiving HPV vaccines when visiting their doctor for other pre-teen vaccines (Tdap, meningococcal, and influenza).

Individuals and organizations need to coordinate their efforts to create a well-organized system that can deliver clear messaging to providers and parents in New Hampshire about the importance of early HPV vaccination as a cancer prevention strategy. The "2015-2020 NH Cancer Plan" includes an objective to increase the percentage of youth who complete the HPV vaccination series. The Cancer Collaboration, in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, recently released a new emerging issue brief, The HPV Vaccine.


View the full issue brief here.

Active Transportation is an Effective Cancer Prevention Strategy

Lack of physical activity is a contributing factor in a number of cancers, the latest being prostate cancer. The state's and country's staggering obesity epidemic is another outcome of low physical activity levels within the population. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that if the current obesity trend continues in the U.S., it will lead to about 500,000 additional cases of cancer by 2030. The ACS also estimated there will be 8,450 new cases of cancer in New Hampshire in 2014. Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL NH) and the Cancer Collaboration are both initiatives directed by the Foundation for Healthy Communities, that have been working together for several years to address objectives in the NH Cancer and HEAL Plans to increase physical activity and reduce obesity in NH.

Increasing access to active transportation opportunities is an effective strategy to increase physical activity levels (e.g., increased access to bicycling and walking as modes of transportation). The term "active transportation" means getting from one place to another using a form of physical activity - usually by foot, bicycle, or wheelchair. Skateboarding and rollerblading count, too.


February Featured Partner: Lisa Marzoli

Lisa Marzoli is an Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Wellness Coordinator dedicated to the State of New Hampshire Account. She works with over 35 wellness team members to offer biometric screenings, programs, education, and incentives to state employees and their families. She is a member of the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration Primary Prevention Workgroup whose goal is to create environments that support a healthy lifestyle to reduce cancer risk.

In her work with the state account, the focus is on prevention. Activities include targeted reminders for preventive cancer screenings, partnering with the American Cancer Society to provide education on skin cancer awareness and working with various departments to help employees become tobacco free. 

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Quit Tobacco Now: "Dear Me New Hampshire" Contest

To encourage tobacco users to quit this New Year, the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Tobacco Prevention & Control Program launched a hard-hitting media campaign, "Dear Me New Hampshire", and contest from January 13th that runs through April 30. The contest is being promoted to motivate New Hampshire residents to think about their reasons for wanting to quit tobacco.

According to the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey, 60% of NH adults who smoke report wanting to quit. The campaign's call to action, "No one can make me quit, but me," was born out of conversations with NH residents wanting to quit smoking or using other tobacco products. Free nicotine replacement therapy in the form of the patch, is being offered to all qualifying NH residents in conjunction with the campaign, while supplies last.


Key Public Policy Issues This Session
The Public Policy Education Committee (PPEC) is actively engaged in tracking key bills that have relevance to the Cancer Plan's objectives. At this point in the legislative calendar, the following issues are relevant to the Collaboration's priorities:
  • Ensuring oral chemotherapy parity
  • Prohibiting tanning under 18 years old
  • Raising the tobacco tax
  • Prohibiting smoking in cars with passengers under 18 in the vehicle
  • Reinstating the Catastrophic Illness Program 

There are many opportunities to get involved in supporting policy issues such as writing letters to your legislators, writing letters to the editor, attending public hearings, or providing testimony.


Prevent Cancer- Calling on Students and Parents to Joint the Pledge Not to Tan

The Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE) is holding its 8th annual "Your Skin Is In" program from January 12 to April 30. The " Your Skin Is In" program educates teens and young adults about the dangers of tanning and the direct link between tanning beds and melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. High School and college students as well as family members are invited to visit and take the "Your Skin Is In" pledge!

MFNE has partnered with the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration for several years to increase awareness in NH high schools about the link between tanning and developing melanoma, a potentially deadly form of cancer. We will be working together again this year to support legislation that will ban indoor tanning for anyone under 18 years of age.

This year "Your Skin Is In" is expanding its reach to include education to parents. It is important for parents to be role models for their kids when it comes to skin health.


Featured Partner: Ellen Musinsky

Ellen Musinsky, Esq., practices at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC and is a Professor Emerita of the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She has been a NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) Board Member for about six years. "I enjoy being a member of the Board, and feel I have been helpful with public policy and legal issues," Ellen said.


Cancer has personally affected Ellen. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988 and 2006. There was no history of breast cancer in my family," she added. "I was totally blown away when I received the diagnosis. Fortunately, I had a great support system."



Let's Increase Cervical Cancer Screening Rates

In recognition of Cervical Cancer Awareness month, The New Hampshire Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) reminded the public in January of the risks of cervical cancer and the important screening tests available. Women are encouraged to schedule a Pap test (if they are 21-29 years of age) or a Pap test with an HPV test (if they are 30-65 years of age). The Pap test identifies any pre-cancers or cell changes on the cervix while the HPV test can detect the human papillomavirus.

One way to improve cervical cancer screening rates in your community is to implement evidence-based public health approaches. Recommendations for client and provider directed interventions to increase cervical cancer screening can be found here


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