Monthly Links Roundup: August 2018

This month, we announced that Karen E. Knudsen, PhD, enterprise director of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) – Jefferson Health in Philadelphia, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the AACI Board of Directors.

Dr. Knudsen will be joined by four other new board members:

Randall F. Holcombe, MD, MBA
, University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center
Thomas P. Loughran, Jr., MD, UVA Cancer Center
Leonidas (Leon) Platanias, MD, PhD, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Benjamin G. Neel, MD, PhD, Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone

The new members will officially join the board at our AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting, September 30 – October 2 in Chicago.

We highlighted Richard and Susan Rogel, recipients of the inaugural Champion for Cures Award, and Charles M. Perou, PhD, who will receive the AACI Distinguished Scientist Award at the annual meeting on October 1.

During the dog days of summer, we shared sun safety tips for Summer Sun Safety Month.

We highlighted the importance of HPV vaccination during National Immunization Awareness Month and encouraged AACI members to nominate exceptional physicians for the HPV Vaccination Champion Award.

Coming up in September:

Events:

Thursday, September 13 |Rally for Medical Research Capitol Hill Day – Washington, DC
Friday, September 21 | Biden Cancer Summit – Washington, DC
Sunday, September 30 – Tuesday, October 2 | AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting – Chicago, IL

Awareness Campaigns:

  • Blood Cancer/Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

 

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Know an HPV Vaccination Champion in Your Community?

Nominate Them Today!

hpv-champion-ad-200x300AACI has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) to recognize leaders in health care who are going above and beyond to promote or foster HPV vaccination among adolescents in their communities.

NCIRD’s HPV Vaccine Is Cancer Prevention campaign works to improve clinician quality of HPV vaccination recommendations for 11- and 12-year-olds and to increase parent acceptance of the HPV vaccine for their children.

To nominate a physician for the Champion Award, please submit a completed form by this Friday, August 10. Self-nominations are welcome.

Nominations should be submitted to the immunization programs of the state or territory in which the nominee resides. Submissions should include a completed nomination form and an image of the nominee, which may be used for promotional purposes if the nominee is selected as a Champion.

Submissions must be sent to PreteenVaccines@cdc.gov. CDC will review and confirm the recommendations and issue the awards.

Learn more about the HPV vaccine and how it can protect 11- and 12-year-olds from six different types of cancer later in life.

 

Monthly Links Roundup: June 2018

Human papillomavirus (HPV) experts from the nation’s top cancer centers met June 7-8 at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City to discuss strategies for reducing barriers to vaccination and eliminating cancers caused by HPV. The meeting immediately followed a call to action by the nation’s 70 NCI-designated cancer centers—supported by AACI—to increase HPV vaccination and screening, with a goal of 80 percent of American young adults completing the full vaccine series by 2020.

Immunotherapy was in the spotlight during Cancer Immunotherapy Month. AACI staff participated in the Cancer Research Institute’s #WearWhite social media campaign on June 15, and we shared news on the latest advances in the treatment, which harnesses a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer.

To celebrate Pride Month, we shared “What’s Love Got to Do With It? Providing Access to Equitable Health Care for LGBTQI Patients in the Nation’s Capital.” The March 2018 AACI Commentary by Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA, highlights the Together-Equitable-Accessible-Meaningful (TEAM) education program at GW Cancer Center, which offers technical assistance to 24 health care systems seeking to improve health equity for LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex) populations in their clinical service setting.

We also brought attention to the health disparities and unique cancer risks faced by LGBTQI individuals and shared a compelling story about a gay man coming to grips with a breast cancer diagnosis.

AACI also shared other men’s health facts—on everything from prostate cancer to the negative health impacts of smoking—throughout Men’s Health Month.

Coming up in July: