Prevention and Early Detection
Research has shown that some types of cancer are preventable, while others, if detected in early stages, are curable. Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center staff and physicians are committed to educating the public on cancer prevention and early detection through educational offerings and cancer screenings.
Your primary care physician is specifically trained to be your first point of entry into the healthcare system and will be your advocate in coordinating your ongoing healthcare. You and your primary care physician will work -- as a team -- to meet your medical, physical and emotional healthcare needs.
Your primary care physician provides comprehensive healthcare, routinely monitors your overall health and partners with you to make healthcare decisions. If changes to your medical condition indicate a cancer diagnosis or that you require the care of a specialist, your physician will make recommendations and coordinate your care. We encourage you to communicate regularly with your primary care physician.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening: Through a grant from the Cancer Education Early Detection Program, free screening exams for breast, cervical, prostate and colorectal cancer are available to individuals who are without adequate health insurance and who meet eligibility guidelines. The program is sponsored by Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center and funded through a grant awarded by the NJ State Department of Health. Call (908) 237-5409.
Cancer Prevention Education: As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of the community, our expert clinicians are available to speak to your group, business, school, synagogue, church or organization on a variety of cancer related topics. This free service is designed to educate the community on early detection, prevention research studies, and cancer screening programs. Educational programs also detail how individuals can make lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of developing cancer, and can practice screening techniques and prevention. To arrange for a speaker to come to your meeting or event, please call (908) 788-2546
Skin Cancer Screening: Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center offers annual skin cancer screenings and educational sessions. The program, usually held in May, offers screenings by a dermatologist who performs a skin exam to check individuals for early signs of skin cancer or suspicious moles. Anyone not under the care of a dermatologist and those who have never been examined for skin cancer are encouraged to attend. Educational sessions are offered to explain the risks of developing skin cancer and to give advice on prevention.
Oral Cancer Screening: Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center offers screening for oral cancer in April, during Dental Health Month. Individuals are offered an exam by an oral surgeon or otolaryngologist to look for signs of cancer of the mouth or lip. Education about oral cancer and its prevention is offered during the screening program.
Studies have shown that a predisposition to certain cancers may be inherited genetically. Breast, ovarian, colon, uterine, skin and prostate are some of the cancers that can be hereditary. Technological advances in genetics are revolutionizing the way medicine is practiced. Scientists are trying to understand these hereditary factors, or genes, that can influence the risk for cancer.
The Family Risk Assessment Program (FRAP) at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center is a program designed to help individuals with a family history of certain cancers understand hereditary factors that can influence their risk of cancer. This multi–disciplinary cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling program is open to individuals with a family or personal history of cancer who are at least 20 years old.
The Family Risk Assessment Program includes:
• Educational sessions about risk factors and familial patterns associated with cancer
• A detailed evaluation of the family history
• A description of screening tests and personalized screening recommendations
• Instruction in self–examination
• Genetic counseling
• Genetic testing as appropriate
Genetic testing, previously available only in research, is now available commercially. However, genetic testing is not for everyone. Through the FRAP program at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, participants learn if they are genetically "at risk" and if testing is appropriate or beneficial to them and family members. A specially trained counselor provides support and education on the benefits and risks of testing. The counselor remains available for discussion of treatment options and communication as participants consider testing and evaluate results. For more information call (908) 237-2330.
Staying fit is especially important for cancer prevention as well as for patients undergoing cancer treatments and those who are recovering after treatment. The Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers are two premier fitness facilities located in Whitehouse Station and Clinton, New Jersey in Hunterdon County. Members benefit from access to Hunterdon Healthcare staff for guidance in attaining their optimal health. Call to make or confirm an appointment.
Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers (2 locations)
1783 Route 31N, Suite 103
Clinton, NJ 08809
Whitehouse Station Campus
537 Route 22 East
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889
Central New Jersey Prostate Network: Empowerment Through Learning Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center is a member of the Central New Jersey Prostate Network. This is a collaborative between leading area healthcare and service organizations committed to providing education on prostate health issues to men who live in Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon, and Morris counties. The network brings the best professionals from each organization to provide in-depth and up-to-date education on topics of importance. The meetings also provide an opportunity for men to network around issues relevant to their health. We invite you to attend the quarterly meetings. Hosted by the participating institutions, meetings are rotated throughout the region. Call (908) 237-2337 for more information.