NCI Testifies on Radiation Effects from Nuclear Weapons Testing
NCI's estimates were first presented publicly to a House committee on May 25 (NCI Cancer Bulletin, June 7). At the July hearing, Dr. Mabuchi reiterated that NCI's estimates are highly uncertain due to limitations in radiation dose estimates and other factors. By pursuing scientific publication, "our work can be verified, refined, and employed by others," Dr. Mabuchi explained. Detailed information is available at http://dceg.cancer.gov/radia-researchDosimetryRMI.html.
New Web Sites Describes BCSC Resources
Another new BCSC Web site - http://breastscreening.cancer.gov/benchmarks/diagnostic/ - provides information from a recent paper using BCSC data, "Performance Benchmarks for Diagnostic Mammography" (Radiology 2005;235(3):775-790). The study pooled data from BCSC registries on 332,926 diagnostic mammography exams performed between 1996 and 2001 at 151 facilities. The Web site contains tables and figures with performance parameters pertinent to the auditing of diagnostic mammography exams.
Diet and Communication Workshop
The workshop was sponsored by the Health Promotion Research Branch of NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences and NIH's Division of Nutrition Research Coordination.
CNP Grantees Discuss Cancer Disparities
CNP will approach disparities reduction through community-based education, training, research, and interventions.
The 3-day meeting was organized by NCI's Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. This was the first meeting of the CNP grantees, which represent the diverse communities where cancer rates are disproportionately high: Hispanic, African American, Asian American, Pacific Islanders, Native American, and underserved white populations.
The conference goal was to help participants learn about the NCI resources that will enable them to proceed with their projects. Topics that were discussed included NCI's partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on early detection, NCI's activities with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on cancer coverage for Medicare beneficiaries, HPV testing and cervical cancer screening, overviews of NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences and Office of Communications, information about career and fellowship opportunities, and NCI's Web-based Cancer Control PLANET resource.