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!
Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) program staff won two first place ribbons at the 2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Cancer Conference in Atlanta this August. They were invited to present three posters for the overall National conference and an oral presentation for the CDC Colorectal Cancer Control Program Meeting. Two posters, noted below, won first place ribbons.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the WVU School of Public Health to host events focused on vulnerable adults
Next month, the WVU School of Public Health and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will co-host a series of events focusing on aging, elder abuse and public health policy. Two separate lectures will feature Dr. Pamela B. Teaster, Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, followed by OLLI’s annual fall open house event.
Patrick Thomas, an undergraduate cancer researcher in Dr. Laura Gibson's lab, was the winner in the Health Sciences category of the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURE).