Our West Virginia Program to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening (WV PICCS) partner clinics participated in national Dress in Blue Day on Friday, March 3. Dress in Blue Day began as a way to present a united front in the battle against the disease during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Partner clinic staff donned their favorite shade a blue in order to raise awareness of colorectal cancer screening with their patients.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in West Virginia. While colorectal cancer is a significant problem, it does not have to be. If men and women aged 50 years and older tested regularly for colorectal cancer, we could avoid at least 60% of deaths from this disease. Colorectal cancer does not always have symptoms so it is important to test for it even if you feel healthy.
WV PICCS is a CDC-funded program directed through the WVU Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention and Control. The purpose is to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in persons aged 50-75 in partner primary care clinics across West Virginia. WV PICCS works with each partner clinic to assess their current screening practices. With this information, program staff collaborate with the clinics’ administrators, providers, and staff to implement evidence-based interventions to increase and sustain colorectal cancer screening rates. WV PICCS works with each partner clinic for a 2-year period with the goal to increase colorectal cancer screening rates to the national goal of 80% or at least 10% above their baseline. The program currently partners with 24 primary care clinics in 18 counties.
Thanks to all of our partner clinics for showing their support!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering a continuing education course titled CDC Pink Book Training: Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Diseases on April 10-11, 2018, at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown, West Virginia. The two-day program is geared to physicians, nurses, immunization providers, and program managers seeking the most current immunization knowledge base. Agenda topics include the principles of vaccination, general recommendations and best practice guidelines for immunization, vaccine safety, specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them, and current issues related to immunization. Participants are required to obtain a copy of the most recent Pink Book. You can download and print one from the CDC website for free or purchase one from the Public Health Foundation website.
Amy Broadwater of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania is hoping to brighten the spirits of patients at the WVU Cancer Institute Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center this holiday season. A Stella & Dot independent stylist, Broadwater asked her customers and friends to purchase bags from her company’s business as part of a breast cancer awareness campaign. She ended up with 22 bags, which she stuffed with socks, candy and notebooks using her commission from the bag sales to pay for the items, then donated the bags to the Cancer Center to give to patients. “My hope is that the gift bags will help ease the burden that patients may be experiencing and help them realize that others are thinking about them,” Broadwater said.
The Harrison County Breast Cancer Awareness Committee held an elimination dinner recently at the Best Western in Bridgeport and unanimously decided to donate all of the money from the fundraiser – $5,000 – to the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program (Bonnie’s Bus) to offset the costs of Bus visits to Harrison County.