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Public Health & Cancer Awareness

Each month, the UVM Cancer Center shares messages related to a cancer-specific health observance.

FEBRUARY: CANCER PREVENTION MONTH

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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MARCH: COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

March is colorectal cancer awareness month. 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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MAY: SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

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?

 

SEPTEMBER: 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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OCTOBER: BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

25th Annual 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. 

 

NOVEMBER: LUNG CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

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.

Kevin Vest, MBA joins UVMCC as Network Vice President, Cancer Clinical Programs

February 14, 2024 by Kate Strotmeyer

Kevin Vest, MBA joins University of Vermont Cancer Center as Network Vice President, Cancer Clinical Programs

The University of Vermont (UVM) Cancer Center and the UVM Health Network are pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Vest, MBA as Network Vice President, Cancer Clinical Programs. Mr. Vest, a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, joins the UVM Cancer Center from Yale Cancer Center. 

As Network Vice President, Mr. Vest will oversee cancer-related clinical activities with a primary focus on adult oncology specialties including hematology/medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, gynecologic oncology and neurooncology.  He will partner with UVM Cancer Center, UVM Health Network and Larner College of Medicine departmental leadership to implement plans to support a coordinated strategic vision and efficient operations across all network sites. Mr. Vest will also be appointed as Instructor in the Education Scholar series, in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine in the Larner College of Medicine. In this position, he will provide teaching focused on healthcare delivery and the business of healthcare to fellows, residents, medical students and students in the graduate public health program.

Mr. Vest has more than 20 years of healthcare management experience in academic health centers. Mr. Vest most recently served as Vice President for Centers of Excellence at Smilow Cancer Hospital, a unit of Yale New Haven Health System, where since 2020 he has been responsible for execution and alignment of strategic priorities and initiatives among Smilow and Yale Cancer Center, an NCI designated comprehensive cancer center. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Director for Finance and Administration at Yale Cancer Center where he oversaw all business and management functions for the NCI-designated cancer center and its four academic sections of medical oncology, hematology, palliative care, and neuro-oncology.  

“Kevin’s experience will be instrumental in enabling the University of Vermont Cancer Center to achieve it’s goals of exceptional clinical oncology care across all network sites,”  Randall Holcombe, MBA, MD, UVM Cancer Center Director said. “In addition to supporting the clinical mission, his experience in NCI designated cancer centers will support our larger goals as we move toward NCI designation ourselves.  Kevin is also a University of Vermont alum, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to Burlington.” 

Prior to joining Yale, Mr. Vest served as the Administrative Director for Business and Finance at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.  Mr. Vest has also served as a licensed physical therapist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA and the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, VA.  He holds a Masters of Business Administration with a healthcare management concentration from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont.

“I could not be more excited to join the remarkable team at UVM.  I’m honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the mission of UVM Health Network as well as UVM Cancer Center as we work together to serve the communities of Vermont and northern New York.  I can’t wait to build on the strong foundation of scientific excellence and exceptional patient care that already exists at UVM,” Vest said.

Mr. Vest brings extensive experience in strategic and business planning, fiscal responsibility, management and oversight in academic medical centers, and a deep understanding of clinical trials accrual to his new role, which he will begin on April 1, 2024. 

About the University of Vermont Cancer Center: Founded in 1974, the University of Vermont Cancer Center is Vermont’s only not-for-profit comprehensive clinical and research cancer center. The cancer center is located within the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine and enjoys a clinical partnership with the University of Vermont Health Network. Drawing on the expertise of more than 170 research and clinical members, the center works to reduce the burden of cancer in Vermont, northeastern New York and across northern New England, through research, outstanding clinical care, community outreach, and education. For more information, please visit: www.vermontcancer.org.