News from the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative | February 2021
Celebrate National Cancer Prevention Month
Throughout February, we invite you to raise awareness about cancer risk reduction during National Cancer Prevention Month, World Cancer Day (Feb. 4), International Childhood Cancer Day (Feb. 15), and Rare Disease Day (Feb. 28).

An estimated 84 Wisconsinites are diagnosed with cancer each day, and cancer is our state's leading cause of death. We can reduce cancer risk by improving access to cancer screenings and vaccinations, annual check-ups, and health behaviors such as exercise, tobacco cessation, and limiting alcohol use.

Educating the public on cancer risk reduction strategies is an essential way to counter some of the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, since the pandemic began, routine cancer screening rates have declined, alcohol consumption has increased, and physical activity has decreased across various populations.

You can help raise awareness this month with the resources below (or find other tools in our searchable Online Resource Center).

Cancer risk reduction resources
ACA Enrollment to Reopen for Three Months
The Affordable Care Act’s federal insurance marketplace will soon reopen for a special three-month enrollment period, as a result of an Executive Order signed by President Biden.

Open enrollment on will run from Feb. 15 to May 15 and could affect up to 15 million people who are currently uninsured.
The Executive Order allocates $50 million to the US Department of Health and Human Services for advertising and outreach related to the special enrollment period, including funds for community groups that assist people in signing up for plans. In comparison, the federal government allocated $10 million for advertising and outreach during the ACA's open enrollment period in late 2020.
USPSTF Takes Action on Systemic Racism
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is taking new steps to reverse the harmful effects of systemic racism on preventable disease.

The USPSTF is an independent panel of experts mandated by Congress to provide evidence-based recommendations that are widely used to guide clinical preventive services such as cancer screenings.

In a recent public statement, the USPSTF announced major changes to its approach to better identify and address the ways racism and health inequity affect preventive health care.

"[W]hen making recommendations, the USPSTF often finds substantial data that potential lifesaving benefits of recommended services are not equitably available to Black, Indigenous, and Hispanic/Latino people," according to the statement published Jan. 25 in JAMA.

In response, the USPSTF has outlined multiple action steps aimed at "embedding health equity into every step of the recommendation development process to ensure alignment with the needs of populations adversely affected by systemic racism.”

The USPSTF's announcement aligns with Chapter 1: Health Equity of the Wisconsin Cancer Plan 2020-2030. We will continue to track the USPSTF's progress as part of our ongoing health equity efforts.

Learn more
See the full list of action steps in the USPSTF's Values and Action Statement on Systemic Racism in Preventive Care.
Share Your Thoughts on Draft Research Plans for Breast and Skin Cancer Screening
The US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) is welcoming public comments on two draft research plans for breast and skin cancer screenings.

Public comments on the Draft Research Plan for Breast Cancer Screening can be submitted until Feb. 17. The public comment period for the Draft Research Plan for Skin Cancer Screening closes tomorrow, Feb. 3.

Research plans help to guide the USPSTF's systematic review of available evidence when considering recommended screening guidelines.

Researchers, primary care doctors, other health care providers, and members of the public are invited to comment on the draft research plans. Visit USPSTF for more information.
Upcoming Webinars
Cancer in the LGBTQ+ Community
The executive director of the National LGBT Cancer Network will share tools and strategies that can improve outcomes for LGBTQ+ populations across the cancer continuum. Join our February webinar to gain insight into the barriers, stress, and stigma that LGBTQ+ cancer patients and survivors can experience, and learn how you can better serve LGBTQ+ members of your community.

Please note: This webinar will be 90 minutes long.
Thursday, Feb. 11
10 - 11:30 am
Colorectal Cancer Awareness & COVID-19
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Join our March webinar to learn more about colorectal cancer screening, related health disparities, and the impacts of COVID-19.

Guest speaker details coming soon.
Thursday, March 11
10 - 11 am
Cancer Policy Review and Outlook for 2021
The past year witnessed the passage of several cancer-related bills, and the year ahead will be focused on the upcoming Wisconsin state budget. Join our April webinar as Amy Johnson, Policy Coordinator for the Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative, leads a helpful discussion of these bills and budget items, and introduces the new 2021-2022 Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative Policy Agenda.
Thursday, April 8
10 - 11 am
Member Resources
World Cancer Day and National Cancer Prevention Month Social Media Toolkit
GW Cancer Center's toolkit is designed to help stakeholders implement evidence-based practices when communicating about cancer prevention and World Cancer Day. The toolkit can also help you plan, implement and evaluate your social media strategy and make the case for why it’s important.

HINTS Brief Number 44: Indoor Tanning
HINTS Briefs provide a snapshot of noteworthy, data-driven research findings. In this HINTS Brief, we examine trends in indoor tanning among US adults between 2007 and 2018, as well as differences in indoor tanning prevalence by state-level youth indoor tanning legislation.

Member Events Calendar
February 11
Hosted by Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative
February 12
Hosted by the American Cancer Society and Kohl's Healthy Families
February 19
Hosted by the Native American Center for Health Professions
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