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Wisconsin Cancer Council News | Issue 105  | April 2018
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New: American Indian Cancer Data
Cancer data from WCRS can inform health equity efforts

In response to requests from tribal health directors and others, the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System has released new cancer incidence and mortality statistics for American Indian/Alaska Native residents in Wisconsin.

Some key points:
  • Overall, AI/AN men and women are 1.8 times as likely to die of lung cancer and 2.9 times as likely to die of liver cancer than their white counterparts.
  • From 2010 to 2014, lung cancer was the leading cause of death for AI/AN men and women.
  • Among AI/AN men, lung cancer incidence increased over the time periods examined, while colorectal cancer incidence decreased significantly.
  • Among AI/AN women, both lung cancer and breast cancer incidence increased over the time periods examined. While cervical cancer incidence declined, the cervical cancer rate among AI/AN women was still twice that of white women.

The WCRS report is based on residence in Wisconsin's thirty-two Contract Health Service Delivery Area (CHSDA) counties. CHSDA surveillance is a recommended method for addressing cancer health inequities within American Indian/Alaska Native populations

The WCRS hopes this data will contribute to new and existing efforts to achieve health equity in Wisconsin's tribal communities. 

See the data:
View the technical notes, and detailed incidence and mortality tables for one-, five-, and ten-year intervals on the WCRS website.

Are you working to improve tribal health equity?
If so, we invite you to share your workshop and speaker ideas during our Annual Summit planning webinar , May 2, from 10-11 am ( log-in details online ). The 2018 Summit, in Madison on Nov. 15, will explore the theme, Equity in Action: Dismantling Cancer Health Disparities in Wisconsin.
Sneak Peek: A New Policy Agenda
Announcing the blueprint for our policy work through 2020

We will formally release the WI Cancer Council's new Policy Agenda at the Regional Meetings later this month, but we're excited to share a sneak peek with you now!
Our Policy Committee and Program staff have worked hard to craft this agenda, which will guide the Council's policy-related work through 2020. 

Here are our five main policy goals for the next two years:
  1. Create environments that discourage excessive alcohol use.
  2. Maximize access to the HPV vaccine by removing patient and provider barriers.
  3. Increase the quality, availability, and effective use of health insurance coverage for cancer prevention, screening, and treatment.
  4. Support partner policy efforts to limit youth access to e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.
  5. Support initiatives that advance quality cancer care.
Does some of this sound familiar? It should! Many of these policy goals were crafted to support the Council's four Action Plans. You can learn more about the Action Plans and the specific objectives in the Policy Agenda at the Regional Meetings.
The WI Cancer Council's Policy Committee works, in part, by educating decision makers, tracking legislation, and giving Council members the tools you need to raise awareness in your communities. Look for our in-depth review of what the Policy Committee will be tackling next - and how to get involved - in next month's issue of ENGAGE.
What Makes You Proud? 
It's Nat'l Cancer Control Month!

April is National Cancer Control Month - in its honor, we'd like to celebrate the strength of our own WI Cancer Council. Together, we are the face of cancer control in Wisconsin!
Why are you proud to be a part of the cancer control movement in Wisconsin? We hope you'll take a moment and let your friends and colleagues know. 

The GW Cancer Center's social media toolkit offers simple suggestions for promoting National Cancer Control Month within your circles - just be sure to tag us on Facebook and Twitter (you can find us @WICancerCouncil)!
Share Your Workshop Ideas
Join the Summit planning webinar

Join us May 2 for a one-hour planning webinar to share workshop and speaker ideas for the 2018 Annual Summit

Our theme for the Nov. 15 Summit is
Equity in Action: Dismantling Health Care Disparities in Wisconsin. What health equity topics do you want to see us explore?
Share your ideas May 2, from 10-11 am. You can find log-in details online, at the Regional Meetings, and in your inbox later this month!

BONUS: See our Summit save-the-date !

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Thank you!
Upcoming events from Cancer Council members

See  more events in our  member events calendar online. 
Add your events by emailing the details to Carrie Kilman.
Tools to advance your cancer control work
Connect with other members across the state through our highly searchable, data-rich member directory tool. (Must be logged in.)
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Our video tutorial series can help you maximize resources, such as the online Cancer Control Plan and the Your Role in Cancer Control tool.
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Designed to easily communicate complex ideas, our infographics are perfect to share with patients, partners, and constituencies.
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Our latest FAQ debunks common myths about  about alcohol & cancer. Use it to start important conversations with patients, clients, and community members.
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Action Plan pages
The Council's Action Plans accelerate progress in areas of greatest need. Learn more about each Action Plan and see how you can get involved.
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Did you miss a past issue or want to share it with a colleague? Find every issue going back to January 2015 in our online newsletter archive. 
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ENGAGE is a monthly publication for members of the Wisconsin Cancer Council. Its purpose is the share news and information about cancer prevention and control with our members across Wisconsin.