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2016 Adolescent Vaccination Coverage Data Released 

Results from the National Immunization Survey 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published National, Regional, State, and Selected Local Area Vaccination

Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13-17 Years-United States, 2016 in MMWR.

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors Endorses Promotion of the HPV Vaccine to Reduce the Risk of HPV-Related Oropharyngeal Cancers

On July 10, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD), a national nonprofit organization that represents the directors and staff of state public health agency programs for oral health, published a white paper on human papillomavirus and oropharyngeal cancer in which they endorsed promotion of the HPV vaccine to reduce the risk of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer. ASTDD emphasized that:

“State oral health programs (SOHPs) can play a critical role in facilitating evidence-based state and community practice interventions and messaging campaigns aimed at effectively promoting the HPV vaccine. Through external and internal partners, SOHPs can help develop collaborative partnerships and referral networks that can empower an interprofessional workforce of dental and medical practitioners to promote use of the HPV vaccine for their patients and increase the rates of completion of the HPV vaccination series.”

In addition, ASTDD recommended incorporating HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer awareness strategies into oral health promotion efforts and healthcare professional academic curricula.

The ASTDD white paper is available to download at www.astdd.org; scroll to Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Oropharyngeal Cancer (July 2017).

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Associated Press: Mining Regulators Stop Study on Health Impacts of Surface Mines

Runoff from a mountaintop removal site in Kentucky. Photo: FlickrCC

By Michael Virtanen/Associated Press

Federal mining regulators have told the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to halt its study of the health risks for people living near Appalachian surface coal mines.

Some studies have linked living near mountaintop removal mines to greater risks of cancer, birth defects and premature death.

The Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, which announced last year it was funding the $1 million study, said in an Aug. 18 letter that the department has begun reviewing grants over $100,000 largely for budget reasons.

“The National Academies believes this is an important study and we stand ready to resume it as soon as the Department of the Interior review is completed,” spokesman William Kearney said Monday. Two public meetings scheduled this week in Kentucky will be held, he added.

Results were expected next spring. Some studies have linked living near mountaintop removal mines to greater risks of cancer, birth defects and premature death.

Read the full story at: www.usnews.com

Triage Cancer to Host Free Conference in Morgantown for Patients, Survivors, Caregivers and Health Professionals

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Registration is now open for a free conference in Morgantown for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, advocates, and health care professionals.

The conference, at the Waterfront Marriott on September 23, is hosted by Triage Cancer, a national, nonprofit organization that provides cancer survivorship information through educational events, a speakers bureau, and online materials and resources.

Patients, survivors, caregivers, advocates, and health care professionals are encouraged to attend to learn more about:

  • Being an empowered patient and advocate
  • Understanding health insurance options
  • Navigating insurance, clinical trials, & appeals
  • Nutrition
  • Employment: working through treatment, taking time off, disability insurance, & returning to work
  • Being prepared: estate planning & useful documents
  • Navigating finances & getting financial help

Continuing education credits will be available.

This event has been approved as a continuing education activity by Oncology Nursing Society, the National Association of Social Workers, and the West Virginia Board of Social Work.

Learn more, and register, at triagecancer.org/events/triage-cancer-conference-morgantown-wv

WV Press Association: West Virginia To Receive $2.7 Million For Cancer Programs

From wvpress.org

U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. announced West Virginia will receive more than $2.7 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support programs to detect, control and understand cancer.

Specifically, the funding will be used to implement the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) and the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR).

Individual awards include:

  • $1,900,000 to implement the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program: Funding will be used to increase cancer screening rates by implementing evidence-based strategies and population-level activities within health systems and providing direct screening services.
  • $340,046to implement the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program: Funding will be used to assess the burden of cancer in jurisdictions, create cancer control plans to prioritize cancer prevention and control strategies, and leverage resources to implement cancer control interventions at the state and local levels.
  • $490,000to implement the National Program of Cancer Registries: Funding will be used to support NPCR’s efforts to collect data on the occurrence of cancer, its type, extent and location, as well as the initial treatment.

Read the full story at wvpress.org