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Back to school– spreading the word about HPV and cervical cancer in Kentucky

Posted by Erica Childs Warner, Director, Evaluation and Outreach on August 6th, 2013 | No Comments »
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Many students will return to schools across the country this month. In two Appalachian counties in South Central Kentucky, nearly 2,000 students will be targeted for HPV awareness and vaccination. The Prevent Cancer Foundation gave the Lake Cumberland District Health Department a 2013 Community Grant for their “Spread the Word" HPV/cervical cancer prevention project. This project aims to increase the HPV vaccination initiation and completion rates among middle and high school students in Kentucky, where ...

USPSTF issues draft recommendations for CT lung cancer screening

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued draft recommendations for annual low-dose CT lung cancer screening for adults ages 55 to 79 who have quit smoking in the last 15 years or who have a 30 pack-year history of smoking. The draft recommendations received a grade B. There will be a public comment period before the final recommendation is issued. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires insurers to cover screening tests graded a B or ...

Study shows that teen cigarette use drops to lowest point recorded

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on August 5th, 2013 | No Comments »
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A newly released report shows that cigarette smoking has dropped to its lowest point ever among eighth-graders and high school sophomores and seniors. Only 5% of high school sophomores had claimed to smoke in the last 30 days, compared to 18% when the survey was conducted in the 1990s. U.S. children are also exposed to less second-hand smoke, according to the survey. These decreases are attributed to tobacco prevention programs, tobacco taxes and laws restricting ...

Doctors and patients not communicating about PSA test

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According to two studies and a survey, doctors and patients are not participating in a process called shared decision-making regarding the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. Shared decision-making is the process by which doctors and patients have a discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of the PSA test and the patient shares his concerns and health issues. The doctor then reviews the options with the patient and together they would decide on personalized options regarding prostate ...