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Wisconsin Cancer Council News | Issue 107  | June 2018
Who Should Help Steer the Council?
Seeking nominations for the 2019-2020 Steering Committee

Are you interested in helping to shape the WI Cancer Council? Do you know someone who is?  We areĀ­ seeking nominations for the 2019-2020 WI Cancer Council  Steering Committee

To ensure we have a balanced and diverse group of experts at the helm, we're looking for nominees who represent one or more of the following areas:
You can nominate yourself or someone else. Nominations are due July 31, 2018.

Nominees will be selected by current Steering Committee members in September and will be welcomed to the Steering Committee during our Annual Summit in November 2018. Information about the  Steering Committee's role  can be found online.
>> What You Can Do
Share this Steering Committee Nominations Announcement with interested colleagues.

Questions? Contact Sarah Kerch at or 608-262-8599.
A Policy Primer
How the Council helps members engage in policy work

At the Regional Meetings this spring, we heard loud and clear from Council members that you want to engage in cancer-related policy work and appreciate the resources we have to offer.
Like many of our member organizations, the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program -- which staffs and facilitates the WI Cancer Council -- is prohibited from lobbying (i.e., attempting to influence legislative or administrative action). But we do help members get involved in policy work in other ways.
For example, with guidance from the WI Cancer Council Policy Committee, we:
  • Develop a Policy Agenda that supports the WI CCC Plan and Action Plans.
  • Monitor emerging policy issues and explain to Council members how those issues affect cancer control and prevention. (Example: Youth tobacco use)
  • Educate members on potential policy solutions to cancer prevention and control issues, especially those identified in the Policy Agenda. (Example: Palliative Care Issue Brief)
  • Develop tools so members can educate their communities and decision makers about cancer-related issues and potential evidence-based policy solutions. (Example: Alcohol & Cancer FAQ)
To stay up-to-date with the latest policy news and information from the Council, watch for our quarterly Policy Roundup e-newsletter and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
>> What You Can Do
Review the new WI Cancer Council Policy Agenda and see where your work fits in.
Stay tuned for the latest  Policy Roundup , in your inbox next week .
ACS: Begin Colorectal Screening at Age 45

Last week the American Cancer Society released a new recommendation to begin colorectal cancer screening at age 45 for people at average risk. 

The new recommendation is based in part on colorectal cancer incidence rates, as well as microsimulation modeling results showing a favorable benefit-to-burden balance. 

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in Wisconsin, and 90 percent of cases are in people age 50 or older.

The US Preventive Services Task Force still  recommends  screening begin at age 50. 

Individuals concerned with their colorectal cancer risk should speak with their health care providers regarding whether to begin screening before age 50.
Breast Cancer: Chemo Not Always Needed

A sweeping international study may dramatically change standards of care for women with early-stage breast cancer.

The study, called TAILORx has found no benefit  of chemotherapy for 70 percent of women with the most common form of breast cancer.

Instead, gene expression testing on tumor samples could identify women who may safely bypass chemotherapy in favor of hormone therapy alone.

The study, which began in 2006 and enrolled 10,273 women from six countries, assessed outcomes among patients with an intermediate risk of recurrence who received only hormone therapy, versus hormone therapy plus chemotherapy.

The study was presented Sunday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in Chicago.
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News from WI Cancer Council members
Enroll: HPV QI Course for Providers
Enrollment is open for the HPV Vaccine Quality Improvement Project, designed to increase HPV vaccination rates across Wisconsin and Illinois. Participants will be engage in webinars, learning collaborative conference calls, and one-on-one technical support. This course is being offered by the WI and IL chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics, with support from the WI CCC Program.  View information and enrollment details.

WCHQ Introduces New HPV Measure Results
The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality has released first-time performance results for its new measure  assessing the number of adolescents who have received the HPV vaccine by their 15th birthday. This data, which is available to the public, can be used by health care systems and consumers to see how systems compare. View the results.

Job Posting: WI Cancer Reporting System Program Director
The WI Department of Health Services is  recruiting to fill a Population Registries Unit Supervisor position (Wisconsin Cancer Reporting Sy stem Program Director) with the Office of Health Informatics in Madison. This position would support  the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System and several other population registries. As supervisor of the Population Registries Unit, this position is responsible for the operational, financial, and personnel activities of the Unit. The position closes June 18. Learn more and apply.

ICYMI: Precision Medicine in Health Affairs
The entire May issue of  Health Affairs  focused on precision medicine.  Read the issue here.

Share your announcements by emailing the details to Carrie Kilman.
Upcoming events from WI Cancer Council members
June 13     
Sponsored by Gilda's Club

June  25     
Sponsored by the Evidence-Based Health Policy Project

July 18 
Sponsored by Gilda's Club

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.
>>  Learn more .
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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2018 Cancer Summit:
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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.