Are you familiar with the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report?


February celebrates both National Cancer Prevention Awareness, but also World Cancer Day on February 4th.  This month VTAAC is focusing its efforts on prevention and we will be sharing resources both here and on our Facebook for providers and public.

The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report is a series the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases as “the agency’s primary vehicle for scientific publication of timely, reliable, authoritative, accurate, objective, and useful public health information and recommendations.”

A recent MMWR report highlighted data from the 2013 U.S. Cancer Statistics Data set analyzed by the CDC.  Registries from around the country helped to report this data, aiding the CDC in monitoring the objectives of Healthy People 2020.

As we focus on awareness this month both personally and professionally, take moment to consider some of the information that this report presents:

1) “Conclusive evidence links cancer at multiple sites with tobacco use, alcohol use, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, excess body weight, and physical inactivity”

2) “Many cancers could be prevented by implementing evidence-based interventions to reduce cancer risk factors, promote healthy living, and encourage appropriate cancer screening”

Read more from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released on 1/27/17 thanks to the CDC here: Invasive Cancer Incidence and Survival – United States, 2013


Related Resources:

Healthy People 2020

Providing science-based, 10-year national objectives to improve health, Healthy People is responsible for establishing measures and monitoring progress to achieve these goals.  The initiative aims to improve collaboration, decision-making, and prevention among communities nationwide.  In December 2010, Healthy People 2020 was introduced thanks to the collaborative efforts of many health care professionals and providers.

Healthy Vermonters 2020

Healthy Vermonters 2020 is the state health assessment plan that documents the health status of Vermonters, guiding the work of public health across the state, and presenting more than 100 indicators and outcomes provided through the Healthy People 2020 initiative.


Check out the latest newsletter from Office of Primary Care at the Larner College of Medicine

If you have yet to check out the latest issue of Primarily Vermont, it opens with an interesting article on population health improvement efforts and the challenges prioritized by facilities statewide.  Summarizing the reports from Community Health Needs Assessments at hospitals around Vermont, the article offers the chance to review and reflect on how we are working to meet these needs.

Published by The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Office of Primary Care, the newsletter is dedicated to those that deliver and teach primary care.  Click below to read more from this issue or visit to learn about what the Office of Primary Care and Area Health Education Centers are doing to improve the health of Vermonters.

Primarily Vermont Winter Annual Report 2016

Primarily Vermont

Radon Awareness and the Vermont Cancer Plan

January is National Radon Action Month.  Radon is an environmental hazard known to increase the risk of cancer.  It is a radioactive gas caused by the breakdown of soil and rocks that can seep up through the ground under homes and buildings.  It is also the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States after tobacco.

Radon has no smell, taste, or color, which means that the only way of knowing if it is present is to test for it.  Free testing kits are available from the Department of Health Radon Program by calling (800) 439-8550 (toll-free in VT) or by e-mailing

Learn more about radon here

Radon in Your Home, Vermont Department of Health

Explore Vermont Data, Environmental Public Health Tracking.  Select Radon, Smoking, Lung Cancer from the dropdown

Radon, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Radon and Cancer, National Cancer Institute

Read below for information on the Vermont Cancer Plan goal and strategies specific to reducing radon exposure in Vermont


Do You Know Where Your County Stands When it Comes to Radon, Smoking and Lung Cancer?

Use this tool to raise awareness and talk about the risk of lung cancer

Environmental Public Health Tracking at the Vermont Department of Health has a handy tool that can help support your local and statewide data needs on lung cancer.  Many regions are still reporting significantly high radon tests.  Many counties still have areas where over 20% of the population smokes.  Both contribute to the risk of lung cancer, but can be improved.   Click below to learn more:

Vermont Radon, Smoking, and Lung Cancer Data Explorer

Vermont Cancer Plan Goals to highlight when raising awareness about lung cancer this month:






This Month at VTAAC

November 7, 2016: A subgroup of the VTAAC Lung Cancer Screening Task Force meets to discuss the development of a survey to assess the status of screening statewide.

Here are some resources to help you learn more

American College of Radiology, Lung Cancer Screening Resources

UVM Medical Center Blog, Nov 2014,  Lung Cancer: New Screening Test Now Available

North Country Hospital, Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening.

American College of Radiology, Lung Cancer Screening Coverage FAQ

American Lung Association, Lung Cancer Screening

Goal 10

November 11, 2016: The Quality of Life Workgroup meets to discuss many topics, but most timely for us right now, Survivorship Care Plans.  We are developing a training to aid providers and patients statewide with the use and implementation of these plans. 


November 14, 2016 – The VTAAC Evaluation Committee will meet to review the results of the PARTNER Tool Survey that was completed by 15 of our partners.  Many thanks again to all who took the time help us with this survey!  The Committee will also be discussing the Lung Cancer Screening Survey in development, as well as other member projects.

November 18, 2016 – The VTAAC Steering Committee will meet to discuss projects noted above, as well as other efforts that are ongoing among statewide partners and VTAAC workgroups, task forces, and committees. 

To learn more about how you can take part in any of these meetings or the work of Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer, please contact Jessica French, VTAAC Coordinator, at or by phone at 802-338-2433.



George Washington Releases Important Resource on Cancer Survivorship

The George Washington University has developed a new resource to support comprehensive cancer control (CCC) efforts in CCC groups nationwide. The report is titled Supporting Cancer Survivors through Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs and provides an introduction to survivorship needs and engagement opportunities. While the guide is meant to be brief, it also serves to support groups developing their state cancer plan and includes recommended national benchmarks outlined in A National Action Plan for Cancer Survivorship: Advancing Public Health Strategies (CDC 2004). The report is also intended to serve as a resource for those interested in learning more about identifying opportunities for systems-level work across all spheres of cancer survivorship including surveillance and applied research, education, policy, and access to quality care.

You can read the full report online here:

VTAAC members will be discussing the report as part of the next Quality of Life Workgroup meeting in November. If you would like to attend this meeting, please contact VTAAC Coordinator, Jessica French, at

Daniel Fram Replaces Scott Perrapato as Co-Chair of VTAAC

Daniel Fram

We are excited to announce that Dr. Daniel Fram, Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director at the National Life Cancer Treatment Center, will be joining Ed DeMott as Co-Chair of VTAAC.  Dan has been involved in the coalition for over five years and joins our leadership following the extended term of Dr. Scott Perrapato.

Scott, we want to thank you for your enthusiasm and efforts as part of the VTAAC leadership, and look forward to your continued participation in both the Executive and Steering Committees, as well as the Men’s Health Taskforces and other initiatives.