2013 Dialogue for Action
2013 Dialogue for Action on Cancer Screening: Hitting the Targets!
On March 20-22, 2013, the Prevent Cancer Foundation held its 15th annual Dialogue for Action on Cancer Screening in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference brought together over 200 health professionals from 35 states, the District of Columbia, 6 Tribal and Urban Indian Health Organizations and Japan all committed to increasing cancer screening!
View the 2013 Agenda.
2013 Statement of Need
This year an estimated 1,638,910 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer (ACS Cancer Facts and Figures 2012) and more than 575,000 will die from the disease; more than 1,500 people a day. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S., exceeded only by heart disease. However, up to 60 percent of cancer cases and more than 50 percent of cancer deaths are preventable – with the knowledge we have right now. Regular screening examinations by a health care professional can result in the detection and removal of precancerous growths, as well as the diagnosis of cancers at an early stage, when they are most treatable. Barriers to offering cancer screenings include lack of funding; limited provider time, resources, and staff; and concern about the capacity to provide follow-up for people who test positive. The goal of the conference is to educate professionals who are stakeholders in cancer screening and encourage them to apply evidence-based practices to their communities and work environments. This requires focused and sustained efforts at both the national and local levels.
2013 Learning Objectives
Upon Completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Examine how challenges and opportunities related to developments in access, quality and cost of health care will affect the delivery of cancer screening.
- Name challenges and opportunities for health reporting in the digital age.
- Identify ways to engage patients in their own primary care, especially cancer screening.
- Discuss the status of Essential Health Benefits planning in the states, especially as related to cancer screening.
- Discuss the future of cancer screening guidelines in regard to reconciling screening benefits and harms.
- List best practices or evidence bases for effective cancer screening and prevention programs.
- Identify current developments in cancer screening modalities.