Friday, May 30, 2014

2nd Annual Oral Cancer Foundation 5K for Awareness

Please join the UF College of Dentistry for the:

2nd Annual Oral Cancer Foundation 5K for Awareness

Saturday, May 31 from 8am to 10am

 Bo Diddley Community Plaza

 111 E. University Avenue in Gainesville

— Registration opens at 8am; the run begins at 9:15am and walkers start at 9:20am

 — Walkers/runners $25 to pre-register; $30 the day of the event

 — Students $20 to pre-register; $25 the day of the event

— Oral cancer survivors registration is FREE

 — Event includes a speaker who is an oral cancer survivor, free oral cancer screenings and more

— Register here:

Oral cancer has existed outside the awareness of much of the public, yet it will take one life, every hour of every day in the U.S. This year alone, approximately 43,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer. This is a number that has not significantly improved in decades; in fact oral cancer is on the rise.

For more information contact Shelly Taylor or visit

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cancer Survivorship and Cancer Control: Working Towards a Coordinated Approach

Research to Reality Cyber-Seminar

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Register Here

Building a coordinated system of survivorship care is essential for improving the psychosocial and physical well-being of all cancer survivors. The June Research to Reality cyber-seminar will examine two important initiatives aimed at improving the lives and outcomes of cancer survivors.
Based on a consensus study, the Institute of Medicine suggests that consistent survivorship care plan (SCP) use may facilitate communication and coordination of care among survivors, cancer care providers, and follow-up care providers. In her presentation, Dr. Sarah Birken with the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at UNC Chapel Hill, will present the findings of her recent study that examined determinants of SCP use and provide insight into promoting their implementation.
In 2013 the Alaska Cancer Survivorship Resource Plan was produced as a guide for Survivorship program efforts and initiatives in Alaska. The Alaska Comprehensive Cancer Partnership identified addressing the needs of cancer survivors as a priority because of the growing numbers of survivors in Alaska, and their unique needs. Currently it is estimated there are 13 million people who have had cancer or are living with cancer in the United States and an estimated 30,000 cancer survivors in Alaska. Program Coordinator at the Alaska Public Health Department Julia Thorsness, in her presentation, will describe the efforts of Alaska’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Partnership and the challenges faced.
Addressing the disparate needs of cancer survivors poses challenges that require innovative solutions. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Birken and Ms. Thorsness to R2R and look forward to their outstanding presentations. As always, part of the webinar will be dedicated to your questions. We look forward to you engaging with the presenters, and sharing your own experiences.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the cyber-seminar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe what a survivorship care plan is and how it can facilitate coordination of care among survivors by providers while informing follow-up care.
  • Identify determinants of survivorship care plan use and strategies to improve their implementation.
  • Understand the role comprehensive cancer control plans serve to address the sometimes unique needs of cancer survivors by leveraging traditional and nontraditional partners.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

National Cancer Institute Research: Skin Cancer Prevention in High Risk Populations

The Florida Department of Health Presents
The Cancer Free Florida Webinar Series
National Cancer Institute Research:
Skin Cancer Prevention in High Risk Populations
In recognition of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, this webinar will highlight efforts to reduce the burden of skin cancer among high-risk populations.
This research examines the incidence and prevalence of non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers, epidemiological trends and linkages between skin cancer and UV radiation from tanning beds, parental influence on risk behaviors and appearance-based intervention efficacy with teen girls and young adult women.
Learning objectives:
             Describe the skin cancer risks associated with the use of indoor tanning devices
             Describe parental influences on skin cancer risk behaviors
             Differentiate between health-based and appearance-focused prevention messaging
Intended Audience: Health Care Professionals, Interested Stakeholders
This webinar and teleconference is hosted by The Florida Department of Health Cancer Program
Thursday, May 22, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time
Featured speaker:
Katie Baker, DrPH, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Community & Behavioral Health
College of Public Health
East Tennessee State University
One Hour of CEU is available.
To join the online meeting (Now available from mobile devices), go to:
Teleconference information:
Call-in toll-free number: 1-888-670-3525
Attendee access code: 297 003 0833
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: This WebEx service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to the recording, do not join the session.

Guide to Cancer Survivorship Care and Resources for Cancer Patients: Maryland Cancer Collaborative

The Survivorship Workgroup of the Maryland Cancer Collaborative has finalized and released a new Guide to Cancer Survivorship Care and Resources for Cancer Patients.  The guide was developed to assist cancer patients in understanding the phases and components of comprehensive quality cancer care.

The guide outlines many issues that may impact a patient throughout the cancer survivorship journey.  It is divided into three phases of survivorship:  Treatment Planning, Active Treatment, and Post Treatment.  Each phase of survivorship also links to a comprehensive list of Maryland resources that patients can access to assist with various needs.
The guide is now available online here.
Please share with colleagues and patients!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Florida Health Care Coalition: A National Perspective on Oncology Issues and Opportunities for Employers

The Florida Health Care Coalition invites you to attend an educational webinar titled, " A National Perspective on Oncology Issues and Opportunities for Employers," on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 11:30am - 12:30pm.

Wednesday May 14, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT


This is an online event.

Presentation Objectives:

1. Identify drivers that affect an employer's focus on cancer health benefits.

2. Review trends in cancer-related benefit design components.

3. Outline resources that employers are using to support benefit creation.

To register, click here

Thursday, May 1, 2014

REGISTRATION OPEN! Obesity Disparities Symposium Series | May 31, 2014 | UF Health in Jacksonville, FL

Providers, Researchers, Adult and Child Patients, Families, and Community Stakeholders Talk to One Another about Achieving a Healthy Weight and Reducing Obesity among Different Patient Groups

WHEN: Saturday, May 31, 2014

WHERE: Learning Resources Center Auditorium at UF Health Jacksonville (653 West 8th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209)

WHAT: A Symposium Series on Achieving a Healthy Weight and Reducing Obesity


9:00 AM – 11:00 AM: SYMPOSIUM 1

Researchers talk about research on obesity and obesity disparities that can help adult and child patients and others achieve a healthy weight (Audience members respond)

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: BREAK

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM: SYMPOSIUM 2

Providers talk about barriers to treatments and research aimed at helping minority and other patient groups achieve a healthy weight, and strategies overcoming these barriers (Audience members respond)

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: LUNCH

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM: SYMPOSIUM 3

Part 1. Patients and their family members talk about the motivators of and barriers to achieving a healthy weight and reducing obesity in their family and community (Audience Members Respond)

Part 2. Community stakeholders talk about their resources for promoting a healthy weight and reducing obesity disparities among patients most impacted by obesity (Audience Members Respond) 

REGISTRATION IS FREE, BUT REQUIRED! Register for Symposium 1, Symposium 2, and/or Symposium 3 no later than Friday, May 23, 2014 by calling 1-866-290-5770 (toll free) or by visiting (Webcast registration is also available.)


Principal Investigators: Dr. Carolyn M. Tucker, Dr. Daniel Wilson, Dr. David Janicke, & Dr. David Wood
Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Stephen Anton, Dr. Ronald Cohen, Dr. Kenneth Cusi, Dr. Sunita Dodani, Dr. Mark Gold, Dr. Kenyatta Lee, Dr. Anne Mathews, Dr. Neil Rowland, & Dr. Eric Stewart
Multidisciplinary Academic-Community Obesity Disparities Research Team

Supported in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) CTSA grant UL1 TR000064

Guest Post: "Tobacco and Wound Healing"

By Nicole Martins, WellFlorida Intern

            Cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes are all diseases with known links to smoking cigarettes. Smoking can also greatly inhibit the surgical treatment of these conditions, as discussed by Matthew S. Ellis, MD, at the 6th Annual Rural Tobacco Summit on “Addiction: Tobacco & E-Cigarettes.”
            Surgical treatment involves a wound healing process that normally includes inflammation, repair and remodeling, said Ellis, medical director for Wound Care and Hyperbarics at North Florida Regional Medical Center. When tobacco smoke is present in the environment, however, this process can be compromised. Smoke may enter lipid layers of cells and affect smooth muscle fibers, blood pressure and enzyme formation.
            Ellis’ presentation listed various effects of smoking on the skin including decreased collagen strength, decreased oxygen capacity and DNA damage. He also cited research from other health professionals demonstrating increased rates of complications for wound healing when nicotine is present. In breast reduction surgery, for example, patients are three times as likely to be in risk of skin infection. In face-lift surgery, they are 15 times as likely to suffer skin necrosis. In a 5-year “tummy tuck” surgical review, 47 percent of smokers versus 14 percent of non-smokers had wound healing complications. Another study reports that smokers tend to have extended hospital stays as well as increased postoperative respiratory and pulmonary problems. The research is unsettling but the good news is that abstinence from smoking prior to surgery is reported to reduce risks.
            Retrospective literature reviews and patient studies have shown that a 3 to 8 weeks discontinuation of smoking greatly reduces healing problems after most surgeries. A massive analysis of random studies shows that cutting nicotine consumption reduces healing complications by 50 percent. It is greatly recommended that patients anticipating surgery abstain from smoking before and after the operation.

The summit, sponsored by Suwannee River AHEC, LakeShore Hospital and North Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative(NCFCCC), was held in April 2014. Oversight and leadership of NCFCCC is provided by WellFlorida Council.