Together we will reduce the burden of cancer in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Cancer Council News | Issue 101  | December 2017
Alcohol and Cancer:  What Do You Want to Know?
Your questions answered in a new member FAQ tool

"Alcohol causes cancer." This startling fact has been in the news since the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released its groundbreaking policy statement early last month.
When it comes to alcohol and cancer, what do you want to know? What burning questions would you like to ask? Tell us - we're compiling a helpful FAQ tool for members, and we want to make sure we answer your questions.
For example:
Q: How much alcohol do I need to drink to raise my risk for cancer?
A:  Any amount of alcohol - even  low levels of drinking - can increase your risk for cancer. But the more you drink, and the longer you drink,  the higher your risk. This is especially true for cancers of the head and neck.
Q: Does the type of alcohol I drink matter? 
A:  No. The type of alcohol you drink - wine, beer, or liquor -  does not matter when it comes to cancer risk.
Q: But red wine is good for my heart, right?
A:  Some past studies have shown a relationship between drinking red wine and decreased heart disease risk. However, researchers believe this relationship most likely has  been overstated. For example, it's possible the connection can be explained by other lifestyle factors, such as increased physical activity. In fact, the  American Heart Association does not recommend drinking red wine or any other form of alcohol to gain these benefits. And heavy drinking can actually damage your heart!
So tell us... Alcohol and cancer - what do you want to know?

Passing the Gavel
You nominated; the Steering Committee voted

Dr. Stolley
Thanks to all our members who submitted nominations for the Steering Committee's 2018 Vice Chair position. Your Steering Committee met last month and voted. We are excited to announce our 2018 Vice Chair, Dr. Melinda Stolley.
Dr. Stolley is the associate director of Cancer Prevention and Control with the Medical College of Wisconsin. As a clinical psychologist, her research interests focus on cancer survivorship and underserved populations.
"The focus and functionality of the Council is inspiring, and it motivated me to want to become more engaged," Dr. Stolley said. "I am a doer, and thus I'm really excited about the coming year. As someone whose career has focused on cancer disparities, I am particularly passionate about the Council's goal to pursue activities that will impact those most affected."
As we welcome Dr. Stolley, we also say goodbye to Dr. Patrick Conway, who presided last month over his final session as Steering Committee Chair.
A radiation oncologist with Gundersen Health System, Dr. Conway has been a tremendous leader and cancer control champion during his tenure. He will become Immediate Past Chair in 2018.
In his place steps Beth Brunner, health systems manager with the American Cancer Society, who will serve as 2018 Chair [must be logged in to to view link].
Brunner is a longtime WI Cancer Council member and a passionate cancer control champion. We are thrilled to welcome her as Chair, as we embark on the Council's first ever set of Action Plans.
"I'm excited to build on the success we're seeing in the revitalization of the Cancer Council," Brunner said. "With more than one hundred dedicated and influential members, our ability to affect health outcomes is powerful.  We all work on the WI Cancer Control Plan in our individual organizations, but I can't wait to see our impact when we begin to build out action plans together."
Thank you, Dr. Conway, for your dedication! And thank you to Beth Brunner and Melinda Stolley for the guidance you will offer us in 2018!

Celebrating WI's "Healthiest Schools"
Report from the 5th annual Healthier Schools Workshop

On Thursday, November 16, more than 25 school district teams from across Wisconsin gathered in Stevens Point for the fifth annual Healthier Schools Workshop.
The goal of the workshop is to empower schools to create healthier environments for their students, staff, and community -- as healthy foods and active lifestyles contribute to cancer prevention.
The day was filled with inspiring speakers, idea sharing, networking, and team work time. Workshop participants celebrated the 15 schools in Wisconsin recognized among America's Healthiest Schools, as designated  by the   Alliance for a Healthier Generation  and the 68 schools in Wisconsin awarded the 2017   Wisconsin School Health Award.  
The WI CCC Program, which staffs and facilitates the WI Cancer Council, began working with schools more than five years ago to support the cross-cutting issue of policy, systems, and environmental change, particularly in Priority 2 ("Increase healthy active lifestyles"). Our work in schools is a collaboration with the American Cancer Society and the Department of Public Instruction.
These efforts have been supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society. As our funding in this area comes to an end, we are working with our partners to ensure this great work continues.

>> Did you miss the workshop? Download the materials here!
Will You Be Our Friend?
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The WI Cancer Council recently joined Facebook and Twitter, and we are slowly growing our audience. We would be thrilled if you would take a minute to follow us. 

Our long-term goal is to use these platforms to amplify the incredible work of our members. We are proud of our history of helping people find new ways to work together -- and we are exited to bring that work online.
But it all starts here, with you.
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You'll find articles and updates about cancer control, as well as helpful tools to share with your own networks.

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Action Plan Webinars
Mark your calendars

Join us Jan. 24 & 25 for a webinar series to review the draft Action Plans and help shape the final Plans. Each webinar will tackle a different Action Plan topic:

Jan. 24, 10-10:30 am: Raising awareness of the alcohol-cancer risk connection.
Jan. 24, 11-11:30 am: Improving HPV vaccine completion rates.
Jan. 25, 10-10:30 am: Increasing cancer screening rates.
Jan. 25, 11-11:30 am: Increasing providers' use of standards of care for cancer treatment and symptom management*.
Attend as many webinars as you'd like, based on your interest and expertise. We'll review each Action Plan and ask for your feedback regarding feasibility, resources, and where you see yourself fitting in.  
Registration details will be shared in January's edition of ENGAGE. 
* This topic is still under development. Given its breadth, we are exploring ways to narrow it.
Did you miss our recent Policy Roundup? Read it here!

We are actively monitoring federal tax reform efforts and the implications for cancer control. Watch our website and Facebook page for updates.
Steering Committee Report
A quick recap of our quarterly meeting
The WI Cancer Council Steering Committee met November 8, at Gilda's Club of Madison.
Our focus: to further develop Action Plans for the WI Cancer Council, an effort to accelerate progress in certain areas of the WI CCC Plan 2015-2020 where WI Cancer Council members can play a lead role in addressing.
Steering Committee members participated in lively discussions to determine major tasks that could be accomplished to address the four Action Plan areas:
  1. Increase awareness of the connection between alcohol consumption and cancer risk
  2. Increase HPV vaccine completion
  3. Increase use of recommended cancer screenings
  4. Increase providers' use of standards of care for cancer treatment and symptom management
WI CCC Program staff will be creating drafts of each Action Plan over the next few months, in time for the Action Plan webinar series in January.
Ideas discussed by the Steering Committee include public and provider awareness campaigns, education opportunities for targeted populations, and further data exploration. We look forward to sharing more during the Action Plan webinars next month.
In addition, the Steering Committee celebrated the tenure of outgoing Chair Dr. Patrick Conway, and selected Dr. Melinda Stolley to serve as 2018 Vice Chair.
Upcoming events from Cancer Council members

See our full 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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Use our interactive, online Cancer Control Plan to explore action steps and strategies to advance your cancer control work.
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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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Helpful cancer statistics in a short, easy-to-read format, in WI Cancer Facts & Figures. Data on multiple cancer sites available to view and download.
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How can you or your organization advance cancer control in WI? Use this tool to identify the action steps most relevant to your work.
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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.