CANCER

Cancer Prevention Across the Lifespan

NACDD is working with CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control to foster innovative public health approaches to cancer prevention. Building on past work, the purpose of this five-year project is to develop resources that will empower public health practitioners and community leaders to implement evidence-based strategies to reduce cancer risk in their communities by making it easier for people to reduce exposure to carcinogens and adopt healthy behaviors where they live, work, learn, and play.

Year One Project Focus Areas

 

July 23, 2020 Webinar: Supporting Family Caregivers in America: Collaborative Opportunities for State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Health Departments

Webinar attendees were ask to complete a brief evaluation of the webinar. The results of those evaluations and a profile of attendees are included in this report.

Resources

Literature

Year 2 Project Focus Areas​

During Year 2, we focused on Caregiving by convening a webinar and on Environmental Health by surveying state comprehensive cancer program directors and chronic disease directors. A summary of all activities during Year 2 is provided, including the results of the Environmental Health Survey.

Year 3 and Year 4 Project Focus Areas

Year 3 CPAL work is now population-focused, with an examination of cancer risk factors in American Indian/Alaska Natives, Latinos, and persons with adverse childhood experiences.

More information about the previous work of the CPAL workgroup is available on the CDC website.

Year 4

Adverse Childhood Experiences

ACEs are common. Approximately 61% of adults surveyed across 25 states reported that they had experienced at least one type of ACE, and nearly 1 in 6 reported they had experienced four or more types of ACEs. Preventing ACEs could potentially reduce a large number of health conditions. Prolonged stress, or toxic stress, can affect neurological development. Children growing up with toxic stress may have difficulty forming healthy and stable relationships and serve as the basis for intergenerational transmission. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Injury Prevention and Control).

American Indian/Alaska Native

This site includes a systematic review of the literature to create a map of available evidence on the literature from 2020-2021. The purpose of the original review was to characterize the current state of the literature around social determinants of health and cancer in AIAN populations. This site also includes results of webinars and listening sessions with tribal elders and leaders.

February 22, 2022

Social Determinants of Health: Cancer Risk Among American Indian and Alaska Native Populations

Environmental Health

In collaboration with the CDC Cancer Prevention Across the Lifespan workgroup, NACDD is collaborating with the Lowell Center for Sustainable Products at the University of Massachusetts Lowell to present a series of webinars.

https://www.uml.edu/Research/Lowell-Center/Chemicals-Materials-Products/Sustainable-Products/

October 20, 2021

Environmental Chemicals and Impact on Cancer Prevention

February 15, 2022

Environmental Health and Impact on Cancer: Evidence-Informed Interventions

Latinos

This site includes a literature search and data sources spreadsheet that identifies state and national databases and publicly available resources. Data of interest include health (particularly cancer and cancer risk factor data), residency, employment, and similar data.

The Cancer Prevention Across the Lifespan project will develop innovative resources to empower public health practitioners and community leaders to implement evidence-based strategies to reduce cancer risk in their communities by making it easier for people to reduce exposure to carcinogens and adopt healthy behaviors where they live, work, learn, and play.

This project builds upon past work of the CDC Cancer Prevention and Control’s Cancer Prevention Across the Lifespan Workgroup (CPAL), which included collaboration with NACDD to conduct literature reviews and convene meetings of experts to identify factors that influence cancer risk and promising strategies to address these risks throughout the lifespan.

The first year of this project is focused on four key focus areas: calculating and communicating cancer risk; avoiding unnecessary exposure to radiation in cases of pediatric mild traumatic brain injury; physical inactivity; and caregiver stress. NACDD is collaborating with CPAL to identify experts in each of these fields and convene small, in-person meetings on each of the four focus areas to discuss the risk factor, identify gaps in existing resources, and develop innovative yet practical resources to fill the identified gaps. Plans to disseminate and evaluate these new resources are also key deliverables this first year. The evaluation plan will be continuously modified throughout the five-year grant period.

NACDD members should expect a series of webinars in 2019 that will share promising practices to address the risks in each focus area, which will be archived on the NACDD website, along with resources and information related to lifetime cancer risk reduction.For more information, contact Leslie Best.

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