You Can Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer

You Can Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Mr Colon 1In preparation for colorectal cancer awareness during the month of March, Tammi Meissner, SEARHC Health Educator, partnered with the Public Health Nurse, Tari Esposito, in Wrangell, Alaska for a Sidewalk Mini Health Fair on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

While the Wrangell Public Health nurse focused on providing flu shots, Mrs. Meissner focused on providing the community of Wrangell with information on what Colorectal cancer is and when recommended screening should start.  All but one person who stopped by the inflatable Mr. Colon was surprised to find that the recommended beginning screening age for Alaska Natives is 40 and non-Alaska Natives age 50.

Mr. Colon 2People who stopped by to check out Mr. Colon (the blow up colon) were informed about Colorectal Cancer risk factors you can change, such as diet, physical activity, not smoking, and limiting alcohol to no more than 2 drinks a day for men or 1 drink for women.  Mrs. Meissner also shared the Colorectal Cancer risk factors you cannot change such as a personal history of colorectal cancer, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, family history of Colorectal Cancer or adenomatous polyps (these polyps are the kin that can become cancerous), having an inherited syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP and Lynch syndrome), your racial and ethnic background and having type 2 diabetes.

Mrs. Meissner also let the community know that colorectal cancer is the leading cause of new cases of cancer among Alaska Native people.  Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Alaska Natives and that it can be prevented through screening.  Colorectal cancer often has no symptoms so a colorectal exam is important to stay healthy!

You can help to prevent colorectal cancer!  Support yourself, family, and friends by remembering or reminding yourself and others to get screened if you or they are Alaska Native and over 40 or 50 if non-Alaska Native, or have a family history of colorectal cancer.  People talk to your provider about getting screened today!

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WEBINAR -- "BRCA Genetics in The News:  What Do I Do Next?" -- Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 8 p.m. EST. -- The webinar features Sharsheret's own Genetics Program Coordinator, Peggy Cottrell, MS, CGC, who will explore the latest critical genetics research, decode BRCA and other genetic mutations, and help us understand what steps we need to take next.  A Sharsheret peer supporter will share her personal story and a live question and answer session will follow the presentation.  We are proud to partner with FORCE on this presentation!  To register for the webinar or to share the webinar with others in your network, CLICK HERE.  Feel free to share widely.  If you have any questions, please contact Support Program Coordinator Shira Kravitz at skravitz@sharsheret.org or 1-866-474-2774.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY -- The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board and the Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center is pleased to announce 2 new funding opportunities in partnership with the Indian Health Service (with funding from the National Institutes of Health) and the Centers for Disease Control. -- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health IHS/NIH Project Sub-Award will be used to support the assessment of and response to the leading public health priorities of substance abuse and/or mental health.  It is anticipated that up to 6 awards will be available for the 2017-2018 funding cycle.  |  Applications are due on December 29, 2017.  |  LEARN MORE HERE

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board and the Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center is pleased to announce two new funding opportunities in partnership with the Indian Health Service (with funding from the National Institutes of Health) and the Centers for Disease Control. | The Tribal Public Health Priorities CDC Project Sub-Award will be used in support of and response to local public health priorities and needs as well as contribute to the development of tribal public health workforce and infrastructure.  It is anticipated that up to 12 awards will be available for the 2017-2018 funding cycle.  |  Applications are due on December 29, 2017. | LEARN MORE HERE

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - Public Health Institute is accepting applications for the National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health from teams in the Appalachian and Mid-regions of the United States.  "For communities that are engaged in cross-sector work to improve the public health, this is an opportunity to boost your team's capacity and skills through a community leadership process."  Deadline January 12, 2018 - LEARN MORE

It's About a Billion Lives Symposium -- February 2, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA - SAVE THE DATE - LEARN MORE

Funding Opportunity - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Policies for Action:  Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health - HERE