Kentucky Cancer Consortium's Wednesday's Word
The Kentucky Cancer Consortium (KCC) is pleased to provide you with an another edition of Wednesday’s Word. Each week, we'll launch a new release highlighting one of our four key areas.

As topics rotate weekly, you will be able to access resources and links to recent state and national cancer control articles, events, and tools. Let us know if you have information to share for Wednesday, November 24th, where we will feature Survivorship.
Speaking out for Lung Cancer Day

Please join in-person or via Live Broadcast on
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
1:00- 1:45 PM EDT on Facebook and YouTube
Kentucky State House Press Room
700 Capital Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601
KCC Upcoming Events

KCC Colon Cancer Network Meeting
December 9, 2021 | 1:00-2:30 pm EST | Register here
Join us for partner updates, policy considerations and priority discussion

KCC Meeting
December 16, 2021 |2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Register Here
Join us for upcoming legislation in 2022 session and priority discussion based on concept mapping activity

KCC Survey  - Do you engage with policymakers?
In effort to connect and network our partners, we want to learn who engages with policymakers (state, local, federal) to improve cancer incidence and mortality in Kentucky (prevention, screening, access, treatment and/or survivorship)?  We will use this information to network partners with similar interest.
 Click here to take short survey 


In case you missed it:
You will find previous webinar/meeting recordings and presentations on the KCC Website
KCC Webinar: Health Inequities – Moving Beyond the Data to Solutions
Recorded: September 23, 2021
KCC Meeting – Overview of KY Cancer Needs Assessment  

Recorded: October 19, 2021
KCC Lung Cancer Network Meeting and Tobacco Treatment Webinar
Recorded: November 4, 2021
Policy Brief: Increasing Capacity for Tobacco Treatment with Medicaid Recipients


Lung Cancer
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
The LuCa National Training Network at the University of Louisville is the nation's first and only non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing provider education on lung cancer care across the continuum.  Throughout the month of November, LuCa will be celebrating by sharing free tools, trainings, and gifts for primary care providers and other healthcare professionals.  Check out their website Here for great resources and updated USPSTF recommendations.

A Lung Scan can be a Lifesaver
If you are a smoker or a former smoker, and between the ages of 50 and 80, you may qualify or be eligible for a lung cancer screening exam. And it's an exam that could be a lifesaver. According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in both men and women in the U.S., accounting for approximately one quarter of cancer deaths. To read more Click here

National Lung Cancer Roundtable Lung Cancer Screening Webinar Series
Join NLCRT & the American College of Radiology as they continue to host a webinar series entitled, “Closing the Knowledge Gaps in Lung Cancer Screening” featuring perspectives from patients, primary care physicians, pulmonologists, radiologists, epidemiologists, behavioral scientists, oncologists and thoracic surgeons. Register today

Breast Cancer
Bringing WISDOM to Breast Cancer Care 
The research Esserman is discussing is a potentially groundbreaking study that could transform the way women are screened and treated for breast cancer. She and her team hope to bring a more personalized approach to figuring out each woman’s risk for the disease, and tailor a screening and treatment program appropriate for that risk. Read more and watch the video  Here
Guidance on Supplemental Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Dense Breast Tissue 
An article published in the October issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings offers recommendations for clinicians and patients regarding supplemental screening for women with dense breast tissue
Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in women. Although 1 in 8 women will be affected by breast cancer, early detection leads to improved survival. Read the full article Here
 Aging Breast Tissue Could set the Stage for Invasive Breast Cancer
 A new study examines how the extracellular matrix (ECM) -- an underlying network of molecules and proteins that provide the structure for tissue growth -- can trigger invasive cancer-related genes.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 284,200 women will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021, and 43,600 will die of the disease -- the second highest cause of cancer death in women. Read more of the study Here
Starting mammography at age 40 would reduce disparities in deaths for Black women 
If Black women begin mammography screening every other year starting at age 40, breast cancer deaths could be reduced by 57 percent compared to starting screening 10 years later according to recent analyses. Read more of the story Here

Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer Screening Initiative:
ACS has launched the Cervical Cancer Screening Initiative, a national consortium that aims to bring experts together to create a comprehensive implementation plan with recommendations and tools to support the transition to primary HPV screening in the United States over the coming years as described in the ACS Cervical Cancer Screening Guideline (2020). The initiative is convening workgroups to identify and develop plans to address critical barriers and opportunities for primary HPV screening implementation, addressing salient topics such as insurance coverage, IT/HER needs, laboratory infrastructure, how to transition areas that currently screen with only cytology, patient perceptions. And provider needs. Stay tuned for more info in the months to come!

Colon Cancer
Take-Home Test for Colorectal Cancer approved in Kentucky Pharmacies
A pharmacy protocol that seeks to make screening for colorectal cancer even simpler for some patients was approved  by the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy. “Kentucky is the first state in the nation to have this type of protocol passed, and why not here?” said Dr. Whitney Jones, founder of the Colon Cancer Prevention Project. “Colorectal cancer is treatable and preventable when caught early, and this new protocol will allow the general population more avenues to get screened on time.” To read more on this exciting news, Click here.

Screening and Other News
The Promise of Multi-Cancer Early Detection Technologies in Encouraging Research & Development
Multi-cancer early detection (MCED) tests hold great promise in turning the tide on late-stage cancer diagnoses. Experts predict that MCED tests may also propel research and development in early-stage cancer. View the full report from Milken Institute/FasterCures Here

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is Raising the Reimbursement Rate for Hospital Outpatient Lung Cancer Screening by More than One-Third
Payment for low-dose CT scans in this setting would leap from about $80.90 to $111.19 in 2022, a 37.44% uptick. The change is part of a nearly 1,400-page Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule, detailing numerous changes impacting the specialty. To read the full story
Click here

"QUITKY" to 797979 Being Phased Out 
The 797979-texting number for QUITKY will only work until the end of the calendar year. This is because all wireless carriers are discontinuing support for six-digit numbers on December 31st 2021.  Several of the promotional materials encourage people to “Text QUITKY to 797979” to receive more information about Quit Now Kentucky.  Those texts will bounce back starting January 1st 2022. Materials that promote 797979 include all magnets, referral cards and several poster designs. You can see pictures of these promotional items Here. A solution is being worked on, but for now, please do not order any new materials with 797979 on them. If you have ideas on how to quickly use the 797979 materials that are available. For instance, if you are planning an event prior to 2022, we would be happy to send you lots of magnets and business cards. If you have any questions, please email You can order materials free at
Unemployment Adversely Linked to Recommended Cancer Screening
Lower prevalence of screening for unemployed adults was no longer seen after accounting for health insurance coverage. Unemployment is adversely associated with recommended cancer screening, with the association explained by lack of health insurance, according to a study published online Nov. 8 in Cancer. To learn more Click here

Air Pollution Disproportionally Affects People of Color, Lower-income Residents in DC 
The rates of death and health burdens associated with air pollution are borne unequally and inequitably by people of color and those with lower household income and educational attainment in Washington, D.C., according to a new study. Read the full study Here

Facing Disparities in the World of Lung Cancer Mortality Rates 
Looking deeper into mortality rates highlights the importance of eliminating disparities in lung cancer and expanding screening eligibility for at-risk populations. Read the full article  Here 
Implicit Biases' in Referrals for Genetic Testing of Breast Cancer? 
A nationwide survey of breast oncology physicians has found that their self-reported practices and attitudes regarding genetic counseling and testing (GCT) for African American women with breast cancer show a disconnect with what is seen the real world.  
In the survey, almost 90% of respondents said that they obtain testing for all African American patients with breast cancer who meet guidelines. 
However, previous studies have shown significantly lower GCT referral rates for African American patients: they account for less than 10% of individuals undergoing genetic counseling and testing for BRCA1/2 or other breast cancer susceptibility genes, vs more than 65% of White womenRead more here.
ACS CAN Kentucky Presents a Virtual Policy Discussion: Cancer Disparities & COVID-19 in Kentucky
November 18th | 9:00 a.m. EST | Register: Here
On November 18 at 9:00 a.m. EST, we at ACS CAN KY are assembling public officials, medical specialists, professors, and advocates to discuss ongoing work to advance health equity in cancer prevention, treatment, and research across Kentucky. Through examining the impact of COVID-19 and Health Disparities across Kentucky, we hope to connect communities through the lens of cancer care.
We know that everyone has been affected by COVID-19, and we are asking that you join us and invite your communities to tune into this important discussion.
The Deadline to register is Tuesday, November 16! RSVP for this free, virtual event today!

Colorectal Cancer: Opportunities to Advance Health Equity with Healthy People 2030 Objectives from a Low Socioeconomic Status (SES) Perspective
LIVE Session Thursday, November 18th, 2021 | 12:00 PM EST | Register Here
As noted in the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) post from July 2021, “without purposeful intervention, COVID-19 pandemic related disruptions in preventive services may widen existing cancer disparities.” With the notable release of the Healthy People 2030 national objectives, social determinants of health (SDoH) objectives combined with several cancer-related objectives that focus on evidence-based cancer screening, prevention, care and survivorship strategies create an opportunity for multi-level and multi-sectors to steadily improve health equity outcomes.

Kentucky Lung Cancer Policy Discussion: Disparities & Radon Awareness
November 30th | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EST | Register Here
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Please join the American Lung Association on Tuesday, November 30, 10:30-11:30 am Eastern for a discussion on lung cancer screening rate disparities in Kentucky and efforts to improve radon awareness, testing and mitigation, particularly in Kentucky communities disproportionately affected by lung cancer. We will share information on recent changes in lung cancer screening recommendations and coverage, and discuss opportunities to collaborate on lung cancer policy work in the coming year.
Upcoming Events

National Colorectal Cancer Round Table Annual Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 17 – 1:00-3:00 PM ET
The agenda is now available for the 2021 80% in Every Community Conference & NCCRT Annual Meeting, which will be hosted virtually the afternoons of November 15-17, 2021. The theme this year is: Urgency and Resolve: Sharpening our focus on 80% in Every Community, and the event will feature presentations by nationally known experts, thought leaders, and decision makers on colorectal cancer screening policy and delivery, with opportunities to network and learn from each other.

The Thing No One Wants to Talk About Part Two
Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 | 12 pm EST | Click here to register!
On Wednesday, November 17th at 12 pm ET, Jennifer Redmond Knight, DrPH will be presenting a new free Masterclass, The Thing No One Wants To Talk About Part 2. During this Part 2 training session she will walk you through how to:   
  • Continue to be more realistic about what to expect from volunteers
  • Incorporate rituals in meeting preparation and follow-up that inspire engagement and follow through
  • Maximize meeting follow-up to encourage follow through
  • Implement simple strategies to encourage accountability
You are welcome to join whether you were able to join Part 1 or not! If you missed Part 1, click here to watch the recording.

Ask, Advise, Refer Virtual Training Program   
Thursday, November 18th | 8:00 to 9:00 am ET | Register Here
The Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention & Recovery will offer an Ask, Advise, Refer virtual training program  to educate health care providers about evidence-based strategies for talking to patients about tobacco use. The training is offered approximately monthly

WV Mountains of Hope Meeting  - Presentation:  Building Bridges Between Policy, Early Detection and Treatment of Lung Cancer   
November 18, 2021 | 9:00 am – 12:30 pm | Click here for registration 
Presenters include: Dr. Timothy LeFeber- Assistant Professor & Pediatric Residency Program Director, Kristian Wagner, MS, RD, LD - Kentucky Cancer Consortium, Lauren Hixenbaugh, MBA - Program Manager Cancer Prevention and Control

AmbitioUS 2021: All Systems Go! – Changing the Pace of Progress in Lung Cancer Screening and Diagnosis
Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 12:00-3:00PM ET | Register Here
Please join The Lung Ambition Alliance for a virtual conference for health system leaders to transform lung cancer early detection and diagnosis.

Fall 2021 Webinar Series: Increasing Lung Cancer Screening Through Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition Efforts
Join cancer coalition partners from around the country as we discuss how we can make an even bigger impact!

  • Lung Cancer Screening in Cancer Plans: “From Planning to Action” in Your Coalition on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 3pm – 4pm EST, with Panelists: Jennifer Redmond-Knight, DrPH, University of Kentucky; Jessica Olson, PhD, MPH, Medical College of Wisconsin; Amy Ellis, American Cancer Society.  Register: Here
Cancer-Related Emergency and Urgent Care: Prevention, Management and Coordination Scientific Workshop
December 1-3, 2021 | Register Here 
This workshop, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Health’s Office of Emergency Care Research, will identify evidence gaps and inform research recommendations to improve outcomes in cancer survivors experiencing or at risk for urgent and emergency cancer-related complications. The meeting is open to the public, and there is no cost to participate. Meeting registrants will be sent instructions to access the workshop sessions.  For further information or questions about the meeting program, please visit or email    

Kentucky Voices for Health 2021 Annual Meeting - Virtual
Dec 2nd | 10 AM – 12 PM EST | Register Here
Dec 3rd | 11 AM – 1 PM EST | Register Here
Access the Agenda Here
In a legislative panel, moderated by Dr. Sheila Schuster, state legislators will respond to the challenges Kentuckians face to good health and well-being, and discuss policy opportunities to improve health equity. This dialogue will focus on how advocates can advance legislation during the 2022 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly to address the ongoing physical and behavioral health impact of the pandemic, improve the delivery of Medicaid services, and strengthen Kentucky's public health infrastructure.

ACS Lunch & Learn about Breast Cancer Risk
December 3, 2021 | 12:15 pm - 1 pm ET | Register Here | Register using a QR code Here
The American Cancer Society and Baptist Health Louisville are collaborating to produce a Lunch and Learn about Breast Cancer Risk.  Two breast specialists from Baptist, Dr. Leela Bhupalam and Dr. William Hoagland will be participating in a panel interview about breast cancer screening guidelines, risk reduction, and genetic testing recommendations. 

ACS Research Funding Opportunities - Informational Webinar
December 6, 2021 | 1 pm - 2 pm ET | To register, click  Here
Interested in learning about research funding opportunities through the American Cancer Society's Extramural Discovery Science research program? Join us on Zoom for an informational webinar to learn more about the American Cancer Society's special initiatives, priority research areas, grant mechanisms, and the timeline for peer review. BONUS: Have your questions answered by a Senior Scientific Director!

National Lung Cancer Roundtable: 
 5th Annual Meeting of the NLCRT | December 6th and 7th | Register  Here | Access the Agenda Here
The NLCRT will explore the determinants of minority health and cancer-related health disparities to advance health equity across the lung cancer continuum. Keynote presentations and conversations will be led by Dr. Monica Webb Hooper from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (December 6), and Dr. Robert A. Winn from the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University (December 7).  To view the website Click here

LUNG FORCE Expo East - A Virtual Program for Healthcare Professionals
December 8, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET | Register Here
NEW THIS YEAR! The content will focus on lung cancer. The virtual LUNG FORCE Expo is designed to help healthcare professionals learn about the latest trends in research, treatments and recommendations for lung cancer. Continuing Education credits are available for nurses, respiratory therapists,
and Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®). For more information Click here

Submit Nominations to the 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards
The NCCRT is seeking nominations for the 2022 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards, a competitive recognition program that seeks to highlight colorectal cancer screening success stories. Nominations for individuals or organizations and self-nominations are accepted. The top nominee will receive a $3,000 donation to support their efforts. The nominations deadline is November 19th, 2021. Learn more and submit a nomination.
Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) News and Resources
Coronavirus: What People with Cancer Should Know 
If you have cancer, you have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Other factors that increase the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include having a weakened immune system (being immunocompromised), older age, and other medical conditions. NCI is conducting a large study of people with cancer who have COVID-19 to learn more about the risk factors for COVID-19 and to help doctors better manage treatment for people with cancer and COVID-19. Read more Here

Most Children and All Teens Can Get COVID-19 Vaccines
CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19.
For age specific ages and vaccine information Click here

I COVID Quit Campaign helps smokers quit amid the increased challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information: Click here

CDC COVID-19 Resources – Updated regularly here Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership - COVID-19 related resources from Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership member organizations and other national organizations. We encourage anyone with questions about COVID-19 to go to or call 1-800-722-5725.
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