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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.

Scott Langevin, PhD, MHA, CT(ASCP) appointed Associate Director for Community Outreach & Engagement

February 20, 2024 by Kate Strotmeyer

Scott Langevin, PhD, MHA, CT(ASCP)

Scott Langevin, PhD, MHA, CT(ASCP), Associate Professor, has been appointed to serve as Associate Director of Community Outreach & Engagement for the University of Vermont Cancer Center (UVMCC).  

As Associate Director, Dr. Langevin will help to oversee the Cancer Center’s community outreach and engagement activities. He joined the UVMCC senior leadership team in August 2023 and will help monitor and define the cancer burden throughout the catchment area across Vermont and northern New York state, guide evidence-based community outreach efforts in collaboration with community stakeholders, and promote cancer research that is relevant to our region. 

Dr. Langevin received his PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and post-doctoral training in cancer epidemiology and environmental pathology at Brown University, Prior to joining UVM, he spent 10 years on the faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he served as co-Director of the NCATS-funded Clinical and Translational Research Graduate Education program.