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Meetings held via teleconference at noon for 1 hour. Join us!

November 12, 2013

October 2013
Dear NCC Friends and Colleagues,

October has been a busy month! We have been working with stakeholders throughout Nevada for much of this year to learn more about breast cancer issues facing women in our state and to better understand why Nevada's screening rates fall below the national average. Last week, in partnership with American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network (ACS-CAN), we hosted round table meetings in both Reno and Las Vegas with representatives from public, private, and non-profit organizations, including physicians, nurses, researchers, and survivors. While the challenges are different in each area of the state, key concerns include education, funding, patient access to care, resources and navigation. We will continue to work with each group to carry on the discussions and find solutions to enhance our state's performance in each of these areas; and access and quality of breast cancer care for women in Nevada. If you'd like to get involved, please email me for more information.



Cari Herington, Executive Director


CDC and National Cancer Institute Release New U.S. Cancer Statistics Report


The  U.S. Cancer Statistics: 1999-2010 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report (USCS) is now available with the official federal statistics on cancer incidence (newly diagnosed cases) from each registry that met data quality criteria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute have combined their cancer incidence data sources to produce these statistics. Mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System of CDC's National Center for Health Statistics are included for each state as well.  The website provides state-specific and regional data for cancer cases diagnosed and cancer deaths that occurred from 1999 to 2010 and for 2006-2010 combined. The data from 2010 are the most recent year for which incidence data are available. The report is produced in collaboration with the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries.


Review Nevada's data here.


Save the Date: 2014 Nevada Cancer Control Summit

The 2014 Cancer Control Summit is slated for Friday, April 25, 2014 in Las Vegas. Building on the theme of "Survivorship," the upcoming Summit will have a more clinical focus for oncology professionals working directly with patients, as well as administrators and advocates. Tentative session topics include the Economic Impact of Cancer, Accreditation Standards, Coordinating Cancer Care, Innovations in Screening and Treatment, and Ethics in Cancer Care. Watch for more information coming soon. If you'd like to get involved with planning the Summit or would like more information, please email us


Nevada Cancer Resource Directory Now Online

You asked for it, and we listened. We recently re-launched the Nevada Cancer Coalition website with a new searchable Resource Directory. Our goal is to provide patients, caregivers, and health professionals with a list of cancer-focused resources ranging from prevention and early detection to treatment, hospice, advocacy, and financial assistance. The search tool can assist in finding resources by city as well as keyword, such as "mammogram." While we are still adding more resources and fine-tuning the database, we believe it will be a useful tool for those in our field. If you know of a resource that we should include or see a listing that requires updating, please contact us so that we can ensure we are providing the best information possible. Together we can stay informed.



FirstMed Becomes Nevada's 3rd FQHC


We'd like to congratulate FirstMed Health and Wellness Center, located in Las Vegas, on their recent designation as a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC), one of three in Nevada. Founded five years ago by internist/oncologist Dr. Lynn Quisumbing, the center is also home to chief medical officer Dr. Laura Culley. FirstMed accepts patients regardless of ability to pay, and reimbursements from private and public insurance allow for a sliding fee scale for uninsured patients. The center has a particular sensitivity to Hispanic, Asian and Pacific Islander communities and offers services in English, Spanish or Tagalog. For more information on FirstMed, including their services, visit online.


For a complete list of upcoming events please visit our event calendar online. If you have an event to add, email us the details!


Nevada Cancer Coalition General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 12 noon


Nevada Advocacy Forum

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A free forum to gain skills in effectively engaging with media and understanding the legislative process.


Great American Smokeout

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Encouraging smokers to quit for their health, and the health of those around them.