Public Health & Cancer Awareness

CANCER PREVENTION

Experts believe that up to 50% of cancers can be prevented. That’s because certain daily habits can make us more likely to get cancer. Changing these habits may help prevent cancer.

5 lifestyle changes that may reduce your cancer risk:

  • Quit smoking (802quits.org is Vermont's tobacco cessation resource. ). 
  • Make healthy food choices.
  • Get regular checkups & screenings.
  • Stay active.
  • Protect your skin with sun safe behaviors.

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COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS

With regular screening, almost all colorectal cancer can be prevented. If you are 45 or older, please talk to your doctor about screening options. 

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SKIN CANCER AWARENESS: "BE SUN SAFE" 

Did you know that Vermont has the second highest incident rate of melanoma in the U.S.?
May is skin cancer awareness month and by limiting sun exposure you can reduce your skin cancer risk.
Three Prevention Tips:

  1. Cover up. Wear wide-brimmed hats, sun-protective clothing and sunglasses.
  2. Stay indoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or seek shade.
  3. Wear sunscreen, with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.

Early detection promotes successful treatment, talk to your doctor about your screening options. 

Summer Safety Tips: Find some simple health and safety tips for summertime activities.

Something New Under The Sun: Learn about the signs of melanoma.

9 Things I'd Never Do As A Dermatologist: Summer's coming. How many of these ski 'don'ts' do you do?

 

PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer. UVM Cancer Center clinical member, Shahid Ahmed, MD, MBBS, a medical oncologist specializes in cancers of the urinary system and the reproductive organs in men and provides an overview of diagnosis and tips to manage treatment side effects in this Healthsource article. 

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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Women's Health and Cancer Conference: View recordings of presentations and panels about surgical options, survivorship, integrative care, palliative care, and breakthrough advances in the research.

Breast Cancer Portfolio: Learn more about the UVM Cancer Center's research, education, community outreach, and clinical care related to breast cancer.

Clinical Trials: See what clinical trials are being offered related to breast cancer.

Genetic Testing for Cancer and Risk Assessment: Learn about the team of clinicians who provide genetic screening and risk assessment.

Screening Guidelines: The American Cancer Society recommends these screening guidelines. 

Breast Cancer Screening: Reach out to your primary care provider or the Breast Care Center if you are due for a screening.

Support Services: There are many resources for patients in treatment or patients who have completed their treatment, including support groups and the popular Steps to Wellness class. 

 

LUNG CANCER AWARENESS: "GET CHECKED, IT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE"

Lung Cancer Public Health Campaign. The UVM Cancer Center teamed up with Dartmouth Cancer Center and Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer to encourage more Vermonters to get screened for lung cancer. When detected early, local tumors can be removed which increases the patient's survival rate from 24% to 60%.

Learn more about:

  • Guidelines
  • Screening locations in Vermont
  • Eligibility requirements

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Lung Cancer Research. Learn more about the Cunniff lab's promising new therapy for mesothelioma and metastatic cancer, which is currently a Phase I clinical trial. 

Clinical Trials: See what clinical trials are being offered related to lung cancer.

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New Cancer Center Member Focuses on the Interplay between Nutrition and Cancer

February 8, 2024 by Katelyn Queen, PhD

Trishnee Bhurosy, PhD

      Trishnee Bhurosy, Ph.D., started experimenting in the kitchen at the age of eight, paving the way for a successful career in nutrition. Born and raised in Mauritius, an island located southeast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, Bhurosy was inspired by nutrition research and completed her undergraduate and master's education in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Mauritius. As an undergraduate student, she led a study looking at the association between food habits, body mass index, and socioeconomic status among pre- and post-menopausal women. Later, as a graduate student in Mauritius, she developed and evaluated a nutrition education program to improve local sources of calcium among older adults. During those formative years, she became interested in the motivations for dietary practices and ways to improve the nutrition behaviors of different communities, leading her to pursue a Ph.D.
     Bhurosy completed her Ph.D. in Health Behavior, with a focus on nutrition, at Indiana University – Bloomington, where she led research projects and partnered with several community stakeholders to improve nutrition security among socially vulnerable populations. Motivated by her understanding of the high rates of cancer in her home country and its association with decreased nutrition and sedentary lifestyle changes, Bhurosy completed a post-doctoral position at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Before joining the University of Vermont (UVM), she worked as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Public Health at Hofstra University where she led the creation and implementation of the Dome Pride Pantry, a satellite food pantry that serves free food to any students, faculty, and staff in need. 

Bhurosy joins the UVM Cancer Center with a focus on nutrition security for cancer patients
      
Drawn to the quality of research, collegiality, and resources of the UVM Cancer Center, Bhurosy began her position as an Assistant Professor of Nutrition in August of 2023 and joined the Cancer Population Science research program. “The UVM Cancer Center’s opportunities for start-up funds, grant-writing support, and collaborations are a big part of why I am excited to be here,” Bhurosy said.
      An expert in nutrition security and health equity, Bhurosy is actively building her research program here in Vermont. Currently, she is investigating provider-level strategies and systemic approaches to improve access to medical nutrition therapy among cancer patients. Recent evidence shows that nutritional status is an important prognostic factor for response to treatment, survival, and quality of life among cancer patients. However, a study that Bhurosy led at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, demonstrated that less than 20% of cancer patients received any form of nutritional support during their treatment. Bhurosy says the reasons for this lack of nutritional support are multifactorial, but she hopes by focusing on the provider side of care, nutritional support may be effectively embedded into treatment conversations. 

Inspiring a future generation of cancer and public health scientists 
      
Bhurosy is a first-generation high school and college graduate who is actively working to diversify the cancer, nutrition, and public health workforces. This includes the implementation of a support group for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and international students of color in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Her goal is to support the next generation of researchers who might not have access to diverse mentors and resources to thrive in academia. “Representation is critically important. To be a professor – which is so far removed from the kind of professions people in my family have had the opportunities to be able to accomplish - is a big reason I am in this field,” reflects Bhurosy. “From my childhood until now, nutrition has been a very integral part of how I communicate and show my care for other people.” 

Trishnee with grad students Victoria Idehai and Pindar Mbaya standing in front of a poster at a conferenceTrishnee presenting at the Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference
Trishnee harvesting tomatoes Mentee Pindar Mbaya looks at food in the food pantry the Bhurosy lab started

Images from left to right and top to bottom: 1) Trishnee Bhurosy, PhD, stands in front of a poster with graduate students Victoria Idehai and Pindar Mbaya, 2) Trishnee Bhurosy, PhD, presents at the Society of Behavioral Medicine conference, 3) Trishnee Bhurosy, PhD, harvests tomatoes, and 4) Graduate student Pindar Mbaya looks at food in the food pantry the Bhurosy lab started.