News from the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative | November 2020
2020 Summit recordings now available
More than 160 people from across Wisconsin joined us Oct. 28-29 for the 2020 Wisconsin Summit. Thank you for making our first virtual Summit a huge success!

Now you can explore our 2020 Summit recap page, which includes recordings of main sessions, presenter slides, a link to the Summit evaluation, and other event materials.

How is COVID-19 affecting your work?
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost every part of cancer care in Wisconsin.

In response, the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative is making changes to our work to ensure our members have the support you need to navigate the pandemic.

We invite you to take our COVID-19 Questionnaire, to help us better understand your COVID-related needs. How is the pandemic affecting your work? What are your organization's greatest challenges?

Share your concerns, resource requests, and related feedback in this short, online questionnaire. And watch for updates in ENGAGE, on our website, and across our social media channels!

COVID-19 and Cancer: Where Are We Now?
What has changed in the COVID-19 and cancer landscape in recent months? What have we learned since the pandemic began?

Join us for a special webinar featuring Pat Remington, MD, MPH, and Noelle LoConte, MD, as they discuss new COVID-19 trends in Wisconsin, how COVID-19 is changing cancer care, and what it might take to get to the other side of the pandemic.
Thursday, Dec. 10
10-11 am
Proposed guidelines would lower colorectal cancer screening age
By Allison Antoine, CHES, and Amy Johnson, JD
Draft guidelines recently released by the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) would lower the initial age for colorectal cancer screening from 50 to 45 for average-risk adults.  
The USPSTF is an independent, volunteer task force of national experts that grades screening guidelines based on evidence (A, B, C, etc.). Guidelines graded A or B are covered by insurance plans as a preventative service under the Affordable Care Act. 

Currently, the USPSTF recommends colorectal cancer screening for all average-risk adults ages 50-75 (grade A), and suggests screening for adults over age 75 only in select cases (grade C).

The USPSTF's new proposal would expand these guidelines by adding a screening recommendation for all average-risk adults ages 45-49 (grade B). (Learn what the grades mean.)

The proposed change aligns with American Cancer Society guidelines, updated in 2018 to expand colorectal cancer screening to begin at age 45. In addition, the importance of screening and early detection is emphasized in the Wisconsin Cancer Plan 2020-2030.

The USPSTF welcomes public comments on the draft guidelines until Nov. 23, 2020.

Help smokers quit for a day with the Great American Smokeout
By Alex Peeters, CHES, and Chloe Weil
Smoking is the largest cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, killing an estimated 480,000 each year and causing an estimated 90 percent of all lung cancers.

About 32.4 million Americans currently smoke cigarettes. Quitting can be extremely hard. Next Thursday, the Great American Smokeout aims to make it a little easier.

The Great American Smokeout, hosted by the American Cancer Society for more than 40 years, helps smokers quit for one day -- an essential step toward quitting for good.

It's easy to participate. Learn how your organization can help smokers get the support they need.

Get involved!

Thank you, Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative members!
As we enter the holiday season, we want to take a moment to say thank you.

The holidays can be a difficult time for people affected by cancer. You work hard to take care of others, and we know the pandemic has made your work even harder.

Please let us know if we can help make sure you have the resources you need to take care of you.
We see you, we thank you, and we stand with you. We will get through this together.

New Member Resources
NAMI COVID-19 Resource & Information Guide
The coronavirus has resulted in an unprecedented crisis that affects not only our physical health and daily lives, but also our mental health. To address these needs, The National Alliance on Mental Illness is committed to providing credible information and resources to help people navigate through this crisis. In this guide, you will find answers to questions ranging from how to manage anxiety during this difficult time, to how to access medication while in quarantine, to how to deal with the loss of a loved one to COVID-19.

AICAF's Sacred Breath Social Media Toolkit
Use AICAF's Sacred Breath Social Media Toolkit to engage community members, public health professionals and leaders working towards cancer equity in raising awareness of lung health in Native communities. This toolkit includes sample social media posts that can easily be copied and pasted into the platform of your choice.

Member Events Calendar
Upcoming events from our member organizations
November 19
Hosted by University of Wisconsin's Carbone Cancer Center
November 19
Hosted by the American Cancer Society
November 19
Hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison
December 10
Hosted by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Would you like to add a virtual event to our Member Event Calendar?