Navigators ensuring cancer patients aren’t alone during pandemic

University of Illinois Cancer Center patients are self-isolating due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they are not alone.Since cancer doesn’t stop, neither do UI Cancer Center navigators. Either via computer or telephone, the navigation team is helping guide patients through the healthcare system so they can continue to receive the care and treatment they need. As part of the Community Engagement and Health Equity (CEHE) office, patient navigators explore ways to assist community…

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Nearly 200 patients screened for oral, head and neck cancer
Michael Markiewicz, DDS, MPH, MD, FACS (left) and Nicholas Callahan, MPH, DMD, MD (right)

Nearly 200 patients screened for oral, head and neck cancer

Petra Garcia walked into Mile Square Health Center last week to undergo a mammogram and walked out having been screened for head and neck cancer, too. Garcia was one of 187 individuals to be screened at five University of Illinois Health locations – UI Health Mile Square sites in South Shore, Humboldt Place, Main and Back of the Yards, as well as the UIC College of Dentistry - last week as part of…

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Pritzker signs “Tobacco 21” legislation

Illinois became the eighth state in the U.S. making it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to buy tobacco. On Sunday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the “Tobacco 21” legislation that will prohibit the sale of any tobacco product – including e-cigarettes – to anyone under age 21, up from the current limit of 18. The law takes effect July 1. Illinois joins seven other states – California, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New…

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New UI Cancer Center lung cancer screening, smoking cessation programs finding success

A new multi-level program to help African Americans quit smoking and undergo lung cancer screening initiated by the University of Illinois Cancer Center is proving to be successful. African Americans have a greater chance of contracting lung cancer and dying from the disease than any other racial/ethnic group. It remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, with a projected estimate of 234,030 new cases and 154,050 deaths in 2018,…

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UI Cancer Center helping smokers kick their habit

Asthma often causes Danielle Prude’s breathing to be labored, and having her lungs filled with the smoke wafting from her husband’s cigarettes only made her lungs worse. Never a smoker herself, Prude gladly attended the Freedom From Smoking program sponsored by the University of Illinois Cancer Center to support her husband and his goal of kicking his cigarette habit. It worked. “I was in the military, healthy, was at my ideal weight and…

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Illinois 21 passes House, Senate up next

The Illinois House last week approved legislation that will raise the minimum age for tobacco sales in Illinois from 18-years-old to 21, and fines those for caught violating the law. It now moves to the Senate for further consideration.“Science shows that if we can stop kids from trying that first cigarette while they’re a teenager, then there is an overwhelming likelihood they’ll never start smoking,” said Maggie Osborne, Illinois grassroots manager for the…

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Cook County set to vote on raising age on buying tobacco products

The Cook County Board is expected to vote this week on whether to raise the minimum age of the sale for tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21-years-old. The proposed ordinance, co-sponsored by Commissioners Scott Britton (14th District) and Larry Suffredin (13th District), amends the current tobacco sales law and prohibits the sale and distribution of tobacco products to those individuals under the age of 21, according to a press release from Britton. Further,…

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