NCI and its contractor, Matthews Media Group, Inc. (MMG), were honored with several Blue Pencil Awards from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC). NCI and MMG received two first-place awards and three awards of excellence for NCI's publications. First-place awards went to the brochure, "A Guide to Cancer Clinical Studies" and its press kit, "Cancer of the Month." Awards of excellence went to the book, Making Health Communication Programs Work: A Planner's Guide (also known to many as "The Pink Book"); to the display, "CSSC African American and Hispanic Banner Display;" and to the video news release, "Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial.
"The NAGC is a network of federal, state, and local government employees who disseminate information within and outside government. Its Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards recognize excellence in written, filmed, audio/videotaped, published, and photographed government information products.
DCEG Scientists Receive Departmental Service Awards
Dr. Zahm, deputy director of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), was cited for her leadership and coordination of national research programs in environmental and occupational cancers. She has played a key role in sustaining and strengthening a collaborative program of epidemiologic and interdisciplinary research into the environmental and genetic determinants of cancer.
Dr. Hoover, director of DCEG's Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program, was cited for research in identifying environmental and genetic determinants of cancer, as well as his contributions to epidemiology and public health. Dr. Hoover conducted the first study linking hormone replacement therapy to breast cancer.
IOM Releases Breast Cancer Screening Report
Training nonphysician health care professionals to prescreen or double-read mammograms may help expand facilities' capacity, while providing the same accuracy as radiologists, IOM suggests. Practices that help other countries to have lower rates of false-positive results than the United States should also be instituted here, the report recommends.
Though new methods of breast cancer detection are being evaluated, "improving and increasing the use of current mammography technology is the most effective strategy we have right now for further reducing the toll of breast cancer," said Dr. Edward Penhoet, chair of the IOM committee.
The full report can be found at http://books.nap.edu/catalog/11016.html.
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