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!
Vandalia-Con Steampunk Convention to benefit WV Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program and Bonnie's Bus
On Friday, May 26 from 10 am until 7:30 pm, Vandalia-Con will hold a pink block party, which will include a regional Mountains of Hope West Virginia State Cancer Coalition meeting, a screening of the film “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” with continuing education credit available, and two free classes. Vandalia-Con proper will begin with a concert on Friday night at 9 pm -Midnight. Concert tickets are $10.00, or free with purchase of a weekend or VIP Pass.
Mark your calendar for the 27th Annual Fall Cancer Conference, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 6, at West Virginia University's Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown.
This new video gives an overview on how the WVU Cancer Institute is providing the best cancer care possible. WVU Cancer Institute leaders Richard Goldberg, MD, director; Laura Gibson, PhD, deputy director; Hannah Hazard, MD, director of clinical services and surgeon in chief; and Stephenie Kennedy, EdD, associate director of cancer prevention and control share how the Institute is carrying out its mission: patient care, research, outreach, and education.