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With Vaccination and Screening, Cervical Cancer Could All But Disappear in North America by 2040

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Take the Shot Nights at Falmouth High School and Mashpee High School

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Cape woman honors sister by raising awareness of cervical cancer

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The American Cancer Society Honors Eileen Duffey-Lind with the Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award

The American Cancer Society Honors Eileen DuffeyLind with the Sandra C Labaree Volunteer Values Award

From the American Cancer Society Massachusetts Facebook Page:

The American Cancer Society recently presented Eileen Duffey-Lind, a #Falmouth resident and a pediatric nurse practitioner at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, with a Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award. The award is the most honored accolade by the Society in New England, and it recognizes Duffey-Lind’s remarkable accomplishments in support of the Society’s mission to celebrate lives, to save lives and to lead the fight for a world without cancer.

Duffey-Lind has served as chair of the HPV/Cervical Workgroup, initially formed as part of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Coalition. More recently, she has contributed to the formation of the HPV/Oral Health Task Force, an outgrowth of the original workgroup. She has secured grant funding and published the results of research on interventions, such as an educational survey (tablet) for pediatric practice waiting rooms and an HPV toolkit for dental providers. A founder of Team Maureen Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting and preventing cervical cancers, Duffey-Lind has also freely shared Team Maureen’s materials with individual providers, practices and other coalitions to enable others to use the tools to support improvements in HPV vaccination rates.

Duffey-Lind has engaged physicians and researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Medical Center and experts from other local institutions to educate health care professionals on HPV vaccination through presentations at conferences, webinars and in various practices. Engaging a broad group of professionals has helped to elevate HPV vaccination as a priority with other professional groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, Massachusetts Medical Society and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. Duffey-Lind has also enlisted dentists and dental hygienists as HPV vaccination supporters. She supported the creation of an HPV/Oral Health Task Force as a subgroup of the HPV/Cervical Cancer Workgroup. As prevalence of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers has recently surpassed other HPV-related cancers, key dental professional groups such as Massachusetts Dental Society are already on board, educating their membership on HPV-related cancers and HPV vaccination. In Massachusetts, since the HPV/Cervical Cancer Workgroup began meeting in 2015, the HPV vaccination series completion for boys and girls combined has risen from 44% in 2015 to 53.2% in 2017. While the improvement in the rates is attributable to the work of many individuals and organizations, Duffey-Lind has been spearheading new efforts and welcoming new partners into the effort.

“Since founding Team Maureen in 2007 in memory of her sister Maureen (Duffey) Russo, Eileen has worked tirelessly to decrease the impact of cervical cancer and other HPV-related cancers,” Lynn Basilio, Senior Manager, Primary Care Systems, American Cancer Society. “Because of her open-minded approach to collaboration, the Society was able to engage providers in learning about the important role they can play in increasing HPV vaccination in their community health center, which in turn can reduce the incidence of HPV-related cancers.”

The Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award is named in honor of the late Sandra C. Labaree, a longtime American Cancer Society volunteer from Maine. Despite her death from breast cancer in 2000, Labaree’s spirit and values live on through this award. Each year, the local area Board selects the most inspired and passionate individuals to receive this prestigious honor whose service best exemplifies the Society’s organizational values of mission, stewardship, diversity, data-driven, and respect.

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Team Maureen Founder  honored with hospital-wide Community Service Award by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Eileen Duffey-Lind's dedication to the prevention of HPV and cervical cancer is unmatched, and worthy of every honor. Congratulations, Eileen!

updated: 1 month ago

Message at the movies: Falmouth nonprofit airs animated promotion for HPV vaccine

The Cape Cod Times reported on the release of our new video!

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South Boston Pediatrician nationally recognized for fighting HPV-related cancers

Dr. Thomas Schuch was awarded the HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention Champion Award by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Cancer Society (ACS), and the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI). The award recognizes clinicians, clinics, practices, groups, and health systems that go above and beyond to encourage HPV vaccination in their communities.

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HPV Blamed for Rising Rates of Anal Cancer

HPV-related anal cancer has been on the rise over the past 15 years, according to a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Most American Adults Are Unaware of HPV-Related Cancers, Indicating Need for Heightened Awareness

According to a new study published last week in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, more than 70% of US adults do not know that HPV can cause oral, anal, and penile cancers.

updated: 4 months ago

Cervical Cancer Mortality Rises as Women's Health Clinics Close

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