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CDC Launches Prostate Cancer Online Resource

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new online resource for those seeking information on prostate cancer. Talk to Someone About Prostate Cancer is a virtual human simulation, featuring a character named Nathan, that was created to help men get a better understanding of prostate health, risks for prostate cancer, and options for screening and treatment. Nathan provides an interactive conversation guided by questions about prostate cancer that viewers choose.

This new prostate cancer resource features modules for prostate cancer screening conversations and treatment options. Common questions include:

  • What do I need to know about prostate cancer?
  • Do I need to get screened for prostate cancer?
  • How do I talk to my doctor about my diagnosis?
  • What are my treatment options?

The treatment module features a conversation pathway for providers to teach shared decision-making skills. Providers can interact with Nathan in a clinical encounter to help improve consultation skills when discussing screening and treatment decisions with men.

This innovative resource was developed through a collaboration between the CDC, health simulation company Kognito, and National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer Presents Knowledge Is Power: Understanding Black Breast Cancer

Black people diagnosed with breast cancer face unique challenges throughout their diagnoses. Despite increased “breast cancer awareness” among the public, issues of systemic racism, access to high-quality care, genetic differences, and other factors have caused dramatic disparities: Death rates are 40 percent higher among Black women than white women.

Registration is now open for Knowledge is power: Understanding Black breast cancer, Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s webinar series to empower Black people diagnosed with breast cancer and their caregivers.

Through live educational and support sessions and video content, participants will gain a deeper understanding of breast cancer, the role of clinical trials, and how to identify and address implicit or explicit bias in their care. The sessions will address how to hold effective conversations with health care professionals, and practical steps individuals can take to get the care they need and deserve as Black people. 

Please encourage your patients to join Living Beyond Breast Cancer for this webinar series, which will take place in October. Health care providers are also welcome to participate. Visit the Living Beyond Breast Cancer website for more information and to register for the webinar.