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Jan Eberth, epidemiology and biostatistics, authored “The utility of Google Trends data to examine interest in cancer screening” in BMJ Open.  The article discusses the utility of January 2004 to April 2014 Google Trends data from information searches for cancer screenings and preparations as a complement to population screening data, which are traditionally estimated through costly population-level surveys.

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The 2015-2016 budget recently passed by the South Carolina General Assembly contains a specific proviso in the amount of $200,000, matching equivalent funding from private sources, to support the CCCR’s Screening Program, which fosters colonoscopy screening statewide. Legislators supported the proviso for the tired consecutived year, recognizing the potential for screening as an effective strategy to reduce colorectal cancer incidence, deaths and overall health care costs.  The money will leverage funds from The Duke Endowment, the South Carolina BlueCross BlueShield Foundation, the National Institues of Health, and many private donors in increasing screening rates for colorectal cancer among uninsured and medically underserved individuals throughout South Carolina.

Annie Thibault and Gailya Walter at the 2015 ACS Palliative Care Forum in Charleston, SC.

Charleston’s Roper St. Francis Hosts American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Event

CHARLESTON, S.C. —June 10, 2015—The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) hosted a Patient Quality of Life Forum today at Roper St. Francis Cancer Center. The event brought together doctors, lawmakers and patients to build awareness, understanding and dialogue around the importance of palliative care and quality of life for patients living with serious chronic illnesses like cancer.

Palliative care honors patient choice about treatment goals and helps bring the family into the care process. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

“Conquering cancer and other chronic illness is as much a matter of public policy as scientific discovery,” said Nancy Cheney, ACS CAN director of government relations in South Carolina. “Today provided an opportunity for health care organizations to listen and learn from one another and to share their views and concerns.”

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