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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Educating Iowans About Ovarian Cancer

By Jodie Kavensky Founder/CEO of NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative In Former President Barack Obama’s original National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month proclamation in 2011, he stated, “it is crucial that women know how to recognize the warning signs” and he vowed to advance screening and treatment for the thousands of American women who are diagnosed with…

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Welcome New Board Members and Officers!

Board members bring their experiences, expertise, and passions to the table to develop and implement priorities, policies, and principles that make the Iowa Cancer Consortium what it is – a strong, skilled, collaborative network of cancer control advocates and professionals. As we begin a new fiscal year, we would like to thank our outgoing board…

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20 Years of Dr. Weiner’s Leadership at the Iowa Cancer Consortium

This year marks the 20th anniversary of what is now called the Iowa Cancer Consortium. Although the Consortium is made up of many organizations and individuals working together in the cancer control space, one person – Dr. George Weiner – has been at the helm since its inception in 2002. With our 20th year comes…

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Summer 2022 Reading List

Summer is here! Although we don’t have a bike or a pizza party to give away for top readers, we do have some reading recommendations for your personal summer reading challenge! We asked our cancer control partners what they’ve been reading lately, whether it be about cancer, public health, health equity, or just a good…

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Legislation to Save Lives: Gail Orcutt Radon School Safety Act

It feels like yesterday when our staff attended some of the first meetings of the Iowa Radon Coalition in 2010 – back in the days before Zoom, when we relied on a mix of conference calls and meet-ups in Grinnell to convene stakeholders. What began as one Iowan telling her story of a lung cancer…

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Meet Emma Meador, Spring 2022 Practicum Student

Hello! My name is Emma Meador, and this semester, I’ve had the privilege to complete my practicum experience at the Iowa Cancer Consortium. This practicum experience is required of all MPH students and encompasses gaining real-world experience in public health. My role this semester has been to help design Iowa’s first pediatric cancer section for…

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Colon Cancer Screening in the United States

By Dr. Susannah Friemel Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Iowa (2022 Cancer in Iowa Report). The incidence of colorectal cancer in patients age 50+ has declined steadily since the mid-1980s, in part due to increased screening. However, within the past two decades, there has been a concerning increase in…

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Another Successful Virtual ACS CAN Day at the Capitol

The Iowa Cancer Consortium is a non-partisan, non-political organization and does not use state funds to engage in lobbying. Views presented by Consortium members do not necessarily represent the opinions or positions of the Iowa Cancer Consortium, its board of directors, staff or membership. By Bridget Toomey, MS, CPC, CPPM ACS CAN Volunteer Assistant Director…

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Committing to Support Cancer Awareness Efforts in 2022

By Ashley Ezzio, ICCE, CD(DONA) As I reflect on my key take-aways from 2021, I’m struck by a shift in focus. 2021 gave me several reminders of how precious my health and the health of those I love is.  I’ll never forget the day this shift in perspective began. During another busy workday, I received…

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