Cancer Prevention Education
Education equips residents with the information they need to avoid behaviors that place them at risk of developing cancer, as well as, understanding the warning signs so cancers can be detected early, treated, controlled or cured. Prevention education initiatives increase knowledge and address the cancer burden by reducing overall new cases and deaths from the disease.
- Group presentations or one-on-one sessions focus on breast, colorectal, lung, cervical, skin cancers, and survivorship.
Early detection of cancer through screening tests offers significantly improved chances for survival. Working in the community, the Coalition supports community-clinical linkages to connect people to health care resources.
- Collaboration with, and referrals to, the NJ Cancer Education Early Detection Program (NJCEED) which offers education and screening services for breast, cervical, colorectal, and prostate cancer to those with the greatest need.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US with 1 in 5 people developing skin cancer in their lifetime. Studies indicate that excessive sun exposure during childhood poses an especially elevated risk for melanoma and other skin cancers later in life.
- Collaboration with schools and recreation centers in the delivery of the Sunbeatables ™ curriculum teaches children about sun protection to promote early sun-protective behaviors that will last a lifetime. This interactive program works best for pre-school and elementary grade levels.
- Skin cancer screening events to protect early detection.
Cigarette smoking among high school students declined from 29% in 1999 to 8% in 2018 according to the American Cancer Society, however, e-cig use has increased from 2% in 2011 to 21% in 2018.
- Delivery of group presentations to educate community members on the health impact related to the growing range of popular smoking devices (vaping devices, e-cig, and tobacco).
- Promotion of resources and services available to support healthy behaviors and smoking cessation.
Click here for Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
HPV Immunization Compliance
Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection can cause cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers in women and penile cancer in men; and anal cancer, cancer of the back of the throat (oropharynx), and genital warts in both men and women. HPV vaccination provides safe, effective, and long-lasting protection against cancers caused by HPV and can stop the more than 31,000 new cases of cancer each year.
- Programs to educate, effectively communicate, and inform parents of the value as cancer prevention and the required dosing for full protection (2 doses of the vaccine at ages 11 to 12).
Nutrition and Cancer Prevention
The World Cancer Research Fund estimates that about 20% of all cancers diagnosed in the US are related to body mass, physical inactivity, excess alcohol consumption, and/or poor nutrition and thus could be prevented. Eating well is an important part of improving health and reducing cancer risk.
- Dietary and lifestyle education guided by registered dietitian nutritionists and other professionals delivered in a group setting to promote healthier eating habits.
Many survivors and their families experience long-term physical, emotional, and practical needs resulting from cancer that affect their quality of life.
- Delivery of the Cancer Thriving & Surviving Program builds a participant’s confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain an active and fulfilling life. This evidence-based program offers an interface between physical health and mental health with attention not only on disease surveillance and pain management but also anxiety, nutrition, and physical activity as important issues. Caregivers and family support members are welcome at the workshops and encouraged to participate.
Additional Staff & Specialists
Bonnie J. Petrauskas, MBARegional Coordinator, Hunterdon-Mercer Chronic Disease Coalition
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