UW Carbone Cancer Center Joins with Adams County to Study Cancer Patterns
Madison, Wisconsin - Surprising facts about cancer deaths in Adams County have sparked a unique, county-wide outreach effort to save lives now and in the future.
A UW Carbone Cancer Center project that assessed cancer-related needs in southcentral Wisconsin found that the cancer death rate (228.2 per 100,000) in Adams County was more than 25.3 percent higher than the state average (182 per 100,000). The assessment, by outreach specialist Rebecca Linskens, included deaths from all types of cancer.
The Adams County assessment looked at demographic and cancer risk factors as well. Local stakeholders were interviewed, including leaders from public health, the community hospital, non-profit and volunteer groups and the Wisconsin Well Woman Program. This assessment found that cancer disparities were associated with higher-than- average cancer risk factors, like smoking and obesity, low use of preventive health services, and a lower household income.
"In Adams County, the assessment results opened the discussion about cancer as a public health issue, and our local partners agreed that it's time for a coordinated public education plan to improve cancer prevention, screening and survival rates," said Linskens.
The UW Carbone Cancer Center and its Adams County partners - Adams County Health and Human Services Department, Moundview Memorial Hospital and Clinics and Adams County UW-Extension - are at the beginning stages of developing a public education program focused on basic cancer education, prevention and screening.
"In partnering with the Carbone Cancer Center, we hope to make a long-term impact on the health and well-being of Adams County residents by addressing cancer and chronic- disease prevention," said Sarah Grosshuesch, Adams County Public Health Officer.
The Adams County findings are from an assessment conducted by the UW Carbone Cancer Center Rural Cancer Disparities Project covering 14 rural counties in southcentral Wisconsin. Linskens added that she views the Adams County education program as a pilot, with hopes that it can be used more broadly throughout the region.
The project is funded by the National Cancer Institute's National Outreach Network and will include the development of a multi-county Rural Cancer Network made up of community stakeholders.
For more local information on the Adams County project, contact Sarah Grosshuesch at (608) 339-4513 or Rebecca Linskens at (608) 262-4968.
Date Published: 01/27/2012