National Quitline Celebrates One Million Calls
On December 30, 2007, 1-800-QUIT-NOW received its one millionth call. Since its inception in 2004, the national, toll-free number providing free help quitting tobacco use has routed one million callers to their respective state quitlines - telephone-based services that help smokers quit through counseling, information, self-help materials, and in some instances, nicotine replacement therapy. Over the past 3 years, quitlines have become an integral part of many smokers' cessation efforts.
1-800-QUIT-NOW was developed by the National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines, the North American Quitline Consortium, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and NCI to help tobacco users quit. Additional information on quitting smoking can be found at http://smokefree.gov/; information on smoking and cancer is available at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/smoking.
|NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences launched a new Web page on ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) research resources in November 2007. The need for this Web page for DCIS investigators was identified at a workshop hosted by NCI in February 2007 on Strategies for Integrating Tumor Biology and Population Sciences to facilitate more rapid application of basic science discoveries into population-level research. DCIS, also called intraductal carcinoma, is a form of noninvasive breast cancer. In some women, DCIS lesions will progress to invasive cancer, although at present, researchers cannot reliably identify these high-risk patients. The new Web site provides information about DCIS, including summaries and presentations from the 2007 workshop, research resources, and opportunities for collaboration. The site also provides information on key priorities in DCIS research as well as information on relevant research funding opportunities.|
Revised OSPA Snapshots Available
NCI's Office of Science Planning and Assessment (OSPA) recently updated and released a set of 22 disease site-specific "Snapshots," including a new one on liver and bile duct cancers. The concise one-page, double-sided documents provide a snapshot of trends in disease incidence and mortality, NCI's investment by fiscal year, examples of current relevant NCI initiatives, and selected research highlights. To view or download the snapshots, go to http://planning.cancer.gov/disease/snapshots.shtml.
Cancer in the Developing World Seminar Now Available Online
The joint NCI/American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Science Writers' Seminar on "Cancer in the Developing World" is now available at www.asco.org/presscenter.
The seminar, held on December 20, 2007, featured internationally recognized experts providing an in-depth, informative look at many issues surrounding cancer in less developed countries, including geographic incidence; survival and mortality trends; the state of cancer prevention, screening, and treatment in less developed countries; perspectives on cancer care from Africa, Asia, and India; major international cancer initiatives in prevention, tobacco control, and palliative care; and ASCO and NCI initiatives to address the global cancer burden.
The audio track, slide presentations, bio sketches, and fact sheets from this event are also available through ASCO's online press center. Log on to www.asco.org/presscenter and click on the Meet the Experts link.
A new issue of BenchMarks on the Global Burden of Cancer is also available. Go to http://www.cancer.gov/newscenter/benchmarks-vol7-issue2.