CoC Brief
Sep. 10, 2014

U.S. Cancer Statistics: 1999 — 2011 released
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The U.S. Cancer Statistics: 1999–2011 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report (USCS) contains the official federal statistics on cancer incidence (newly diagnosed cases) from each registry that met data quality criteria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute have combined their cancer incidence data sources to produce these statistics. Mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System of the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics are included for each state.More

New NAPBC education program announced
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons, will be holding Pursing Excellence Through NAPBC Accreditation in Washington, DC, on Nov. 14. Watch your e-mail for additional information or send an e-mail to

Study of Jewish women shows link to cancer without family history
The New York Times
Women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent who tested positive for cancer-causing genetic mutations during random screenings have high rates of breast and ovarian cancer even when they have no family history of the disease, researchers reported. The finding calls into question the practice of screening women — particularly women of Ashkenazi descent, which most Jews in the United States are — for these mutations only if they report that many women in their family have had cancer. Some women are tested for mutations only after they develop cancer themselves.More

Recent findings published in Journal of Clinical Oncology support the Commission on Cancer's quality measure on use of needle biopsy to diagnose breast cancer
Commission on Cancer
There is a growing movement in oncology to measure quality of cancer care with the ultimate goal of increasing accountability and improving outcomes. As outlined in a recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, fundamental to this movement is the need to elucidate the role that physicians play in promoting or impeding quality. Yet even in breast cancer, one of the most commonly studied malignancies, the absence of national databases has been a key barrier preventing assessment of physician quality.More

Prediabetes can increase risk of developing certain types of cancer by 15 percent
Medical Daily
People suffering from prediabetes, a term referring to the intermediate stage between normoglycemia and overt diabetes mellitus, stand a 15 percent to 30 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A recent study conducted at the First People's Hospital of Shunde in China has revealed that people who develop prediabetes also increase their risk of being diagnosed with certain types of cancer by 15 percent.More

Ovarian cancer awareness: A declining disease rate, and looking ahead to new drugs
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. You might not notice. Ovarian cancer shares the back-to-school educational National Health Observances slot with childhood cancers and prostate cancer, along with other medical conditions, including sickle cell anemia. So it might be worth noting what’s up and down (hint: a trend) with this insidious cancer form. According to the NCI, ovarian cancer affects almost 22,000 U.S. women, and more than 14,000 die from this tumor type each year. Despite progress against this disease, the overall five-year survival rate remains low, just under 45 percent. It’s the fifth-leading malignant cause of death among U.S. women.More

2014 Commission on Cancer Annual Update notification
Commission on Cancer
All Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited programs scheduled for survey during 2015-2016 should note that the Program Activity Record (PAR) Annual Update period will run from July 1 to Sept. 30, 2014. In order to maintain your CoC accreditation, your program must complete this activity within the specified timeframe. No extensions will be granted. Questions about the PAR or Annual Update should be e-mailed to Questions regarding your CoC Datalinks user ID and password should be e-mailed to

Childhood kidney, thyroid cancer rates up
HealthDay News via WebMD
Although the overall rate of cancer in American children and teens remained stable during the last decade, rates of thyroid cancer and kidney cancer seemed to be on the rise, a new study says. The rate of thyroid cancer saw annual increases of nearly 5 percent and a specific type of kidney cancer, called renal carcinoma, had average increases of 5.4 percent per year, according to the study. More

Two experts discuss mammography issues on The Recovery Room Show
The Recovery Room Show recently launched a new episode discussing the benefits and controversies surrounding mammographic screening. In the episode, host Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, a surgical oncologist from Charlotte, NC, and a member of the Commission on Cancer since 2000, talks with two leading experts in the field. The show includes a discussion on common concerns with mammography, the role of insurance companies, MRIs, and a high-profile recent Canadian study that cast doubt on the abilities of the screening tool.More

Slightly more benefit from LDCT lung cancer screening in high-risk patients over 65
The Oncology Report
High-risk patients older than 65 years derive slightly more benefit from low-dose CT screening for lung cancer than younger patients do, according to a report published online Sept. 8 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In a secondary analysis of data from the National Lung Screening Trial, low-dose CT (LDCT) screening’s positive predictive value, a measure of screening efficiency, was higher in older patients than in those younger than 65. More