As a parent of three teenagers, I know it’s hard to consider the possibility that your child could be abusing substances. But awareness is critical in helping to prevent abuse from occurring in the first place. We need to educate ourselves to help prevent substance abuse in our homes. And we need to educate others to help combat this problem in our communities.
Tobacco use kills approximately five million people annually around the globe. Here in the United States, tobacco use kills 480,000 Americans each year. The harmful effects of smoking on many systems of the human body are well known and have been widely published. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Smoking and tobacco use increase risk of at least 14 types of cancers, including: lung, oral, throat, bladder, liver, and kidney, among others. A smoking history is also a known risk factor for increased complications with surgery.
Nearly 50,000 people lose their lives to colorectal cancer each year. It is the fourth most common cancer in the United States overall (behind breast, lung, and prostate cancer), the second leading cause of cancer death among men, third leading cause of cancer death among women, and a leading cause of death among Hispanics.
Why should I be concerned about colorectal cancer?
In 2007, the International Agency for Research on Cancer affirmed that there was sufficient evidence to conclude that the human papilloma virus (HPV) is a cause of head and neck cancer (HNC). Of the estimated 12.7 million new cancers occurring in 2008 worldwide, 4.8 percent were attributable to HPV infection.
There are many different types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus is associated with a risk for developing cervical, anogenital, oral and throat cancers in males and females.
What is HPV?
The CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute was a very productive and fun week. We didn’t know what to expect, but the training sessions ended up being super fun and hands-on. In our first training session, they had us get into groups by age and share a little about ourselves so we could get to know each other. We also did a lot of team-building and sharing that helped us open up to one another and prepare for the week ahead.
Since 2009, CADCA has been welcoming people from various countries from all over the world at the Mid-Year Training Institute. This year, CADCA is expecting to receive more than 60 individuals from 19 different countries throughout Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. The international attendees who make the journey to CADCA’s Mid-Year typically consist of CADCA’s NGO partners, representatives of community coalition networks, coalition leaders, local, regional and national government officials, as well as U.S. Embassy representatives.
The Youth Leadership training that I attended showed me the severity of the problems our communities face, like the opioid epidemic that affects people across the country. However, those meetings didn’t just point out problems - they taught me valuable ways to help fix them. Each meeting I went to showed me the amount of people who are passionate about finding solutions, and how many valuable resources I have to make a change in my community. When we talk about these issues, however, it is so important to realize who they affect the most.
Atlanta is the capital of and the most populous city in the state of Georgia, with an estimated population of 472,522. Atlanta is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5,710,795 people and the 9th largest metropolitan area in the United States. Atlanta is the county seat of Fulton County, and a small portion of the city extends eastward into DeKalb County. While you’re not busy attending training sessions and networking with fellow community leaders, take the opportunity to explore all that Atlanta has to offer!