Two cancer-related issues-evidence-based cancer screening and
pain control in advanced cancer-are among 20 priority areas
that an Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee has urged public
and private organizations to focus on as a way of transforming health
care in the United States. Goals regarding screening, especially for
colorectal and cervical cancer, the report said, are "to increase the
number of people who receive screenings and to provide timely followup."
Regarding pain control in patients with advanced cancer, the
committee urged efforts to "emphasize cooperation in protocols across
care settings, advance planning for changes in settings, as well as
heightened pain, and public education regarding the merits of opioid
medications in this area."
With February being National Cancer Prevention Month, here are the latest updates in cancer prevention.