Meeting Focuses on Young Adults with Cancer
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On November 10-12, several NCI leaders attended a meeting in Austin, Texas, to develop strategies for implementing the recommendations of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (AYAO) Progress Review Group (PRG). The event also served as the inaugural meeting of the Lance Armstrong Foundation's LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance, a coalition of organizations committed to improving the survival rates and quality of life for young adults with cancer.
During the meeting, more than 80 representatives from 47 organizations worked together to develop strategies for prioritizing and realizing AYAO PRG recommendations over the next 5 years. The meeting also served as an opportunity for AYA cancer patients and survivors to express their ideas for developing actions to address the disparities experienced by this population.
The Alliance will meet regularly to bring together key voices in the cancer community and work on AYAO PRG recommendations to assist young adults with cancer.
New NCI Web Site Helps Public Analyze Cancer Risks
NCI recently launched an interactive Web site to help people assess and understand their risk of developing cancer. "Cancer Risk: Understanding the Puzzle" at http://understandingrisk.cancer.gov contains explanations of cancer risk, risk factors, and risk exposure - along with information on how to lower risk - for six cancers. The site also contains a section on analyzing news stories about cancer to help people determine the accuracy and applicability of findings reported in the media and on the Web. Links to numerous sources of information, as well as online quizzes to test readers' understanding of cancer risk, also appear on the site.
NCAB to Meet Next Week
The National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) will meet November 30-December 1 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md., in Building 31, C Wing, Conference Room 10. More information will be posted at http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/ncab.htm as it becomes available.
Breast Cancer Research Resource Is Updated
The Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) has announced an updated Web site at http://breastscreening.cancer.gov, highlighting how to access data and work with BCSC to conduct research on breast cancer screening and biology. BCSC is a group of five research sites linking mammography data with cancer outcomes among women seeking mammograms through community radiology practices. The data set includes more than 5,447,140 mammography examinations and 51,282 women with breast cancer.
Through the Web site, investigators can learn about BCSC investigators, view past publications, access a risk estimation data set containing over two million screening mammograms, and learn how to propose and pursue new studies.