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April–May 2014

Cancer Stakeholder

>> April: National Gardening Month >> National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week (April 14–20) >> May: Melanoma Monday (May 5) >> Don’t Fry Day (May 23) >> National Skin Cancer Awareness Month >> Department of Health Cancer Program hosting educational webinar for Skin Cancer Awareness

Florida Department of Health, Comprehensive Cancer Control Program


Safe Gardening hat better way to celebrate April as National Gardening month and May as National Skin Cancer Awareness month then by getting out the garden gloves, the sunscreen and starting to plot the garden?! Gardening is a great way to get fresh air, be physically active, and increase your fruit and vegetable consumption. It is very important to protect yourself while gardening by staying hydrated and covering up from the sun’s harmful rays with sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Don’t forget to reapply the sunscreen every two hours.


Talk About Protection!


Young teens should be getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Did you know that in addition to causing sexually transmitted diseases including genital warts and cervical cancer, HPV can cause cancers in the back of the throat? These cancers are most commonly on the base of the tongue and tonsils, in an area known as the oropharynx. Florida’s HPV associated oral cancers, termed oropharyngeal, have rates among the highest in the country. On average men are three times more likely to get oral HPV related cancers than women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in the US there are more than 2,370 new cases of HPV-associated oral cancers diagnosed in women and nearly 9,356 are diagnosed in men each year. Should this trend continue, by 2020 the number of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancers in the U.S. will surpass cervical cancers. Cancers in this area of the body are usually caused by tobacco and alcohol, but recent studies show that about 63 percent of oropharyngeal cancers are caused by HPV. These numbers are based on cancers in specific areas of In this issue: the oropharynx and do not State Update, 2 include cancers in all areas Tools & Resources, 3 of the head and neck or oral cavity. Funding Opportunities, 5 Only a few studies have Events, 6 looked at how people get Collaboratives, 6 oral HPV, and some of these studies show

conflicting results. We do know that partners who have been together a long time tend to share genital HPV—meaning they both may have it. Additionally, multiple partners and unprotected sex raise the risk for both oral and genital HPV associated cancers. The good news is that the HPV vaccines might also prevent oropharyngeal cancers, since the vaccines prevent an initial infection with the type of oral HPV that is found in oropharyngeal cancers (HPV type 16). Also, in many cases HPV resolves before causing any health problems. Oropharyngeal cancer-one more reason to promote HPV vaccination to protect both our boys and girls. View more facts from the CDC here and here. To see maps of HPV-Associated oropharyngeal cancer by state click here. Trend information is available here.

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From July 2012 through June 2013, over 94,100 Floridians used one of Tobacco Free Florida’s 3 Easy and Free Ways to Quit! n The Florida Quitline had 57,197 participants, n The Web Coach had 21,719 participants, and n The Florida Area Health Education Centers had 15,184 participants

State Update Florida’s 2014 legislative session convened Tuesday, March 4th at 10 a.m. and will continue for 60 days and adjourn on May 2, 2014. For more information, visit Online Sunshine.

Cancer in the News Gardening provides high-tomoderate physical activity for children—Science Daily, Jan. 31, 2014 Preventing Colorectal Cancer: Research Findings and Questions—American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), March 6, 2014 The Latest Findings on Supplements and Cancer Risk—AICR, March 5, 2014 Meat and cheese may be as bad as smoking—University of Southern California, March 4, 2014 Reliable pretreatment information assists prostate cancer patients in decisionmaking—Science Daily, March 4, 2014


Cholesterol study suggest new diagnostic, treatment approach for prostate cancer—Science Daily, March 3, 2014

Immune system-based therapy produces lasting remissions in melanoma patients, study reports— Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, March 3, 2013 Yoga regulates stress hormones and improves quality of life for women with breast cancer undergoing radiation therapy—MD Anderson Cancer Center, March 3, 2013 Study reveals mechanisms cancer cells use to establish metastatic brain tumors— Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Feb. 27, 2014 HIV drug used to reverse effects of virus that causes cervical cancer—Science Daily, Feb. 17, 2014

With the right help, resources, and support, you can have the best chance to quit. TFF’s quit services can double your chances of quitting any form of tobacco for good. Each person is different and so is their nicotine addiction. TFF can help you choose a path to quitting that works for you! With TFF you can Call, Click, or Come in. Call: Phone 1-877-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669) to speak with a Quit Coach who will help you assess your addiction and help you create a personalized quit plan. Quit coaches are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and available for tobacco users age 11 and older. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is available free of charge to age 18 and older, if medically appropriate. Text2Quit is a free service that sends up to 300 motivational texts before, during and after you quit. The Tobacco Healthy Weight Pilot began in September 2013 and is available to people who use the “Call” portion of Tobacco Free Florida’s 3 Easy and Free Ways to Quit. This pilot program through the telephone counseling service provides additional counseling for those people who are in the process of quitting tobacco and worried about gaining weight. The pilot program has two tracks for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 23 or higher and other factors that determine eligibility. The diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes puts people in a different track than those without this disease. Click: Enroll in Web Coach, an online program for tobacco users age 13 and older, which helps you create a personalized web-based quit plan that you follow at your own pace and in private. Motivational and educational emails will be sent to you throughout your quit plan. NRT is available free of charge to age 18 and older, if medically appropriate. Text2Quit is a free service that sends up to 300 motivational texts before, during and after you quit. Come In: Visit the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Network’s website to find and sign up for in-person tobacco cessation provided in a group format throughout Florida. Courses are held in local community locations, vary in length, and are taught by trained tobacco cessation specialists who provide the information and tools needed to become tobacco free. NRT is available free of charge to age 18 and older, if medically appropriate. AHEC courses are available during the Monday–Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm workday and several classes are scheduled outside of this timeframe. To register, call 1-877-848-6696.

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Tools & Resources

> CancerCare presents the following free Connect® Education Workshops (all are from 1:30—2:30 p.m. EST): All sessions are free and pre-registration is required.

April 15: Progress in the Treatment of Indolent Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) April 23: The Challenge of MPN in the Workplace: How to Communicate with Your Employer 2 April 24: Progress in the Treatment of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer1 May 21: Helping Children and Teens Cope with MPN in the Family2 1—Approved for one Contact Hour to Social Workers & submitted for approval for one Continuing Professional Education Unit (CPEU) for Registered Dietitians (RDs) 2—Submitted for one Contact Hour to Social Workers & submitted for approval for one CPEU for RDs You can participate by listening to these workshops on the telephone or via live streaming through the Internet. For more information or to register online, visit CancerCare online or call 1-800-813-HOPE (4673). Missed a Connect Education Workshop? Listen to past workshops as podcasts through CancerCare's website. If you missed the March 18, 2014 Reaching Smokers in the Age

of Mobile Technology: Resources, Networks, and Messaging, you can view it on archive. The R2R cyber-seminar shared findings of the North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC) to inform local practice, shared the results of a smoking cessation pilot targeting young adult smokers, and gave best practices of telecommunication platforms and networks. Speakers: Dr. Jessie Saul and Ms. Jean-Charles. Inside Knowledge About Gynecologic Cancer—Get the facts about the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of gynecologic cancers. When gynecologic cancers are found early, treatment is most effective. Professional Oncology Education—designed for health care practitioners and feature lectures, courses and case studies provided by MD Anderson experts on key areas of professional education, prevention, patient care and survivorship. Available courses include: Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Course Survivorship—Introductory Lectures Bone Health in Cancer Survivors Breast Cancer Survivorship Colorectal Cancer Survivorship Cancer Survivorship 1 Course Tobacco Cessation Course Introduction to Clinical Oncology Course


March 2014 Cancer Stakeholder

Funding Opportunities National Institute for Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs which support multi-function integrated research, education, and/or extension projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants. Click here to apply. Letters of Intent due 4/17/14. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released the Reducing Health Care Disparities through Payment and Delivery System Reform call for proposals which will fund up to three implementations of paired health care payment and delivery system changes that incorporate a focus on reducing disparities in care and/or outcomes. Click here to apply. Deadline for brief proposal 4/18/14. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is interested in funding a diverse set of projects that develop, test and evaluate various simulation approaches for the purpose of improving the safe delivery of health care. Applications that address a variety of simulation techniques, clinical settings, provider groups, priority populations, patient conditions, and threats to safety are welcomed. Click here to apply. Cycle dates for January, May, September Expires 9/26/16. Small Grants Program for Cancer Epidemiology is a funding opportunity announcement that provides support for pilot projects, testing of new techniques, secondary analyses of existing data, development and validation of measurement methods, linkage of genetic polymorphisms with other variables related to cancer risk, and development of innovative projects for more comprehensive research in cancer etiology and epidemiology. Click here to apply. Closing date 11/16/14.


Basic Cancer Research in Cancer Health Disparities invites applications from investigators interested in conducting basic, mechanistic research into the

biologic/genetic causes of cancer health disparities. These cooperative agreement research awards (U01) will support innovative studies designed to investigate biological/genetic bases of cancer disparities. Click here to apply. Closing date 11/20/14. National Cancer Institute (NCI) has released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the Exploratory Grant Award to Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Cancer Research. This FOA invites applications by investigators from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in basic and biomedical cancer research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the NIHfunded research workforce. Click here to apply. Closing date 11/20/14. National Cancer Institute (NCI) has released a FOA for Research Answers to NCI’s Provocative Questions. Applications must be focused on addressing one particular research problem. Categories: n Group A cancer prevention and risk n Group B mechanisms of tumor development or recurrence n Group C cancer detection, diagnosis, and prognosis n Group D cancer therapy n Group E clinical effectiveness Click here for more information. Closing date 6/20/14. Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health Information Technology (health IT) is to fund exploratory and developmental research grants that will contribute to the evidence base of how health IT improves health care quality. The funds support the use of a wide

variety of research designs in order to generate information regarding the design and development, implementation, use, or impact of health IT on quality. Depending on the research design and intent of the project, applicants may receive support for: (1) pilot and feasibility or self-contained health IT research projects; (2) secondary data analysis of health IT research; or (3) economic (prospective or retrospective) analyses of a health IT project. Click here to apply. Closing date 11/17/16. Cancer Center Support Grants (CCSGs) for NCI-designated Cancer Centers to capitalize on all institutional cancer research capabilities, integrating meritorious programs in laboratory, clinical, and population research into a single transdisciplinary research enterprise across all institutional boundaries. Click here to apply. Closing date 1/18/17. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is interested in supporting conferences that help to further its mission to improve the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. See the grant announcement for more information or to apply. The Earth Savers Club, powered by Greening Forward, is currently offering $250 mini-grants to youth driven environmental projects. Only youth ages 5–25 may be able to apply. The project must prove that it is led by a young person, not a teacher, parent, or other adult. Click here to apply.

April–May 2014 Cancer Stakeholder


About the Cancer Stakeholder

Moffitt’s Pathology Symposium: Practicing Pathology in a Changing World on April 12, 2014 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort Clearwater Beach, FL. Conference website: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is hosting Ultrasound in the New Millennium: The Cancer Patient on April 18–19, 2014 and Grant Writing Seminars on April 28–29, 2014 in Houston, TX. Yonsei Cancer Center is hosting Global Academic Programs (GAP) 2014 on May 1–3, 2014 in Seoul, Korea working collaboratively on cancer research and education.

Accelerating Anticancer Agent Development and Validation Workshop on May 7–9, 2014 in Bethesda, MD. American Association for Cancer Research (AARC) Special Conference on Pancreatic Cancer: Innovations in Research and Treatment on May 18–21, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. The University of Colorado-Denver School of Public Affairs is hosting the 2014 Network Leadership Training Academy May 19–21, 2014 in Denver, CO. BioMed Central will host the second biennial Metabolism, Diet and Disease 2014: Cancer and Metabolism on May 28–30 in Washington, DC.

AACR Precision Medicine Series—Drug Sensitivity and Resistance: Improving Cancer Therapy on June 18–21, 2014 in Orlando, FL. American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) Annual Research Conference on Oct. 29–31, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Collaboratives R egional Cancer Control Collaboratives exist across the state and work to bring public and private partners together to reduce the burden of cancer. For information about what your regional collaborative in your area is doing, visit their websites listed below.

> Northwest Florida Cancer Control Collaborative

> Northeast Florida Cancer Control Collaborative

> North Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative

> East Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative

> Southeast Florida Cancer Control Collaborative

> Facebook: SoFla Fighting Cancer

> Southwest Florida Cancer Control Collaborative

> The Southeast American Indian Council (SEAIC) focuses on needs assessments, preventive education and quality of life for American Indians. Membership is open to anyone of American Indian heritage. Email Dewey Painter or call him at (904) 208-0857 for an application or for more information.

To be added to the contact list for any of these collaboratives, send an email request to

The Cancer Stakeholder is an e-newsletter, which includes the DOH cancer updates, cancer tools and resources, funding opportunities, events, research, and other information about cancer. The opinions expressed in the Cancer Stakeholder do not necessarily reflect the views of the DOH or its staff. Please direct questions, comments and suggestions to the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program at If you would like to be removed from this distribution list, please send an email with “Unsubscribe” written in the subject line to Please type in the body of the email the county where you reside. Please understand that unsubscribing from the Cancer Stakeholder will unsubscribe you from receiving future emails related to the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, the Regional Cancer Control Collaboratives and the associated local and statewide cancer activities. This electronic newsletter was funded by Cooperative Agreement U58/DP003872 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About the Editor Welcome Sam Mooneyhan who started with the Florida Department of Health Comprehensive Cancer Control Program as a Program Health Educator at the beginning of March 2014. He hails from Charlotte, NC and brings with him a diverse background in project planning, implementation and evaluation in educational nonprofits and county health departments.


Cancer Stakeholder- April/May 2014  
Cancer Stakeholder- April/May 2014  

The Cancer Stakeholder is an e-newsletter, which includes the Florida Department of Health cancer updates, cancer tools and resources, fundi...