Together we will reduce the burden of cancer in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Cancer Council News | Issue 103  | February 2018
New FAQ: Alcohol and Cancer
Our latest awareness-raising tool tackles common questions

Did you know  Wisconsin ranks 3rd  in the nation for heavy drinking and binge drinking among adults? 

Most of us know heavy drinking isn't great for our health -- but what many people do not know is that alcohol use can cause cancer.

Today, we are excited to release our latest tool, the Alcohol & Cancer FAQ, designed to help WI Cancer Council members raise awareness about this critical connection.
We asked for your questions related to alcohol and cancer risk. And now we've answered.

The Alcohol & Cancer FAQ answers 10 common questions such as, "How much do I need to drink to raise my cancer risk?" and "Does the type of alcohol I drink matter?"
As a downloadable PDF, this resource is perfect for sharing with patients, community members, and other constituencies. In the coming months, we'll be customizing the FAQ to meet the needs of specific populations.
"More people are learning about the connection between alcohol and cancer risk," said Courtney Harris, policy coordinator for the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. "As awareness grows, the potential for pushback grows, too."
Wisconsin's alcohol-friendly culture can obscure the fact that alcohol use can cause at least seven kinds of cancer. And organized attempts by the alcohol industry can misrepresent or confuse the clear scientific evidence that alcohol use increases cancer risk.
To address this pushback, the Alcohol & Cancer FAQ arms WI Cancer Council members with straightforward answers to frequently asked questions that may arise in your communities.  
The Alcohol & Cancer FAQ is the first resource developed explicitly for the WI Cancer Council's Alcohol and Cancer Risk Action Plan. This issue has long been monitored by the WI Cancer Council's Policy Committee, and the new FAQ builds upon excellent resources already available - such as the WI Cancer Council's Alcohol Infographic and the groundbreaking ASCO Alcohol Statement released late last year.
>> Bottom line
Alcohol causes cancer. Our latest FAQ helps you address common questions and misconceptions about alcohol and cancer. Use this tool with patients, community members, friends, and family members, as you work to raise awareness about the connection between alcohol use and cancer.
>>  Download th Alcohol & Cancer FAQ
Register Now for Regional Meetings
Free registration for existing and prospective members

Registration is officially open for the WI Cancer Council's  2018 Regional Meetings!
In six different communities throughout April, WI Cancer Council members will gather with nearby peers to learn how to get involved in the Council's first-ever  Action Plans , network with  other members , and share local success stories.
Registration is free and open to existing and prospective members alike. We encourage you to invite a colleague or friend to join you -- you can use the "send to a colleague" button below, or watch for our special shareable invitation later this month. This is an excellent way to help prospective members see the Council's great work in action.

>> What You Can Do
Join us at one or more of the following locations:
  • April 10 - Kimberly: 8-11am 
  • April 10 - Wausau: 1:30 - 4:30pm 
  • April 11 - Eau Claire: 8-11am 
  • April 11 - La Crosse: 1:30 - 4:30pm 
  • April 18 - Madison: 8-11am 
  • April 18 - West Allis: 1:30-4:30pm 

Recap: January Member Webinars
With your help, the Action Plans are a big step closer to final

Late last month, Cancer Council members came together for a webinar series to review our draft  Action Plans and share their feedback.  Thank you  to all who joined us!
As a quick reminder, the WI Cancer Council's  Action Plans are: 
  • increasing awareness about alcohol and cancer risk; 
  • increasing HPV vaccine completion; 
  • increasing cancer screening rates; and 
  • increasing access to quality cancer care and services.
Each webinar tackled a different  Action Plan area and allowed members to ask questions and share ideas and resources. We will begin assembling resources, background data, and links to each webinar in plan-specific pages online. These pages will act as a clearinghouse for all the ideas and materials generated throughout each Action Plan's lifecycle. Watch upcoming email announcements for links to the pages. In the meantime,visit the Action Plan webinar page for webinar presentations. 
>> How to Get Involved
We still need your help finalizing the  Action Plans before the  Regional Meetings. To share resources, ideas, questions, or other feedback related to any of the Action Plan areas, please reach out to the following lead staff people:
Let's Talk About Prevention 
Resources from across the state

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. Here is a helpful roundup of some of the cancer prevention resources available to WI Cancer Council members:
Council members across Wisconsin are engaged in cancer prevention work every day. Watch our Facebook page throughout February for news and resources to push your cancer prevention forward.

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Community Impact Grants 
From the WI Partnership Program

The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health supports community-driven work to advance health equity. The program is currently seeking applicants for the 2018  Community Impact Grants program

The grants program advances health equity in Wisconsin communities through support for large-scale, evidence-informed, community-academic partnership initiatives that address the social determinants of health. These partnerships require substantial and authentic community involvement to achieve sustained policy, systems, and environmental change, and must be supported by robust evaluation. 

Each award is for a maximum of $1 million over a period of up to five years. 

News and resources from Cancer Council members

Wisconsin Cancer Data Bulletin: Cervical Cancer in Wisconsin
From the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System

The Wisconsin Cancer Data Bulletin: Cervical Cancer in Wisconsin   has been updated with the most recent data (2015). This updated bulletin presents the most current cervical cancer incidence and mortality trends, and highlights disparities in race/ethnic and age groups in Wisconsin. It also includes resources for more information and general assistance in accessing preventive health programs.  View the bulletin here

Comprehensive Study Shows E-Cigs May Lead Youth to Start Smoking
From the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

comprehensive report on electronic cigarettes issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine   finds that, while smokers who switch completely to e-cigarettes are exposed to lower levels of toxic substances, little is known about the long-term health effects of e-cigarette use and there is only "limited evidence that e-cigarettes may be effective aids to promote smoking cessation." The report raises serious concerns because it finds there is "substantial evidence that e-cigarette use increases risk of ever using combustible tobacco cigarettes among youth and young adults."
E-cigarettes have been on the market for a decade and are used by millions of kids and adults. This report underscores the need for FDA regulation of e-cigarettes in order to prevent undermining decades of progress in reducing youth smoking, and to assess which, if any, e-cigarettes are effective at helping smokers quit all tobacco products or switch completely away from cigarettes. View the full announcement

Share your Announcements here by emailing  Carrie Kilman .
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.
>>  Learn more.
Designed to easily communicate complex ideas, our infographics are perfect to share with patients, partners, and constituencies.
>>  L earn more .

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.
>>  Learn more .
How can you or your organization advance cancer control in WI? Use this tool to identify the action steps most relevant to your work.
>>  Learn more .
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.