Primary Prevention/Screening & Early Detection
The Consumer Focused Committee will address issues related to general consumers and cancer prevention. The committee is made up of individuals interested in:
- Primary Prevention – Encouraging behaviors that may help prevent cancers from developing, such as improving diet and exercise habits, eliminating tobacco use, and avoiding the sun’s rays.
- Early Detection– The practice of obtaining cancer screening tests to detect cancer early and at a more treatable stage. Examples of early detection cancer screening tests include:
- Pap tests for cervical cancer detection
- Mammograms for breast cancer detection
- Colonoscopy for colorectal cancer detection
- Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) for prostate cancer detection
Goals & Objectives
- Reduce Tobacco Use among Ohioans.
- Reduce Exposure to Environmental Carcinogens.
- Increase the Proportion of Adults and Children who Engage in Healthy Eating Behaviors
- Increase the Proportion of Adults and Children who Engage in Recommended Physical Activity Levels
- Increase Vaccination Rate for Vaccines Shown to Reduce the Risk of Cancer
- Reduce Exposure to Ultraviolet Radiation from teh Sun and Sun Lamps
- Improve Screening and Early Detection and Follow-up of Breast, Colorectal, and Cervical Cancers
- Promote the Use of Cancer Genetic Services
I know that I have been blessed and given a second chance at life. My goal is to be the best cancer advocate I can be. Survivors must understand that their goal may not have anything to do with cancer education, detection, diagnosis, etc., and that is fine. The new goal just needs to be something that they are passionate about and willing to act on. We as survivors can accomplish great things. We are at a decision point as a group and as
individuals. We can sit and think, or we can band together and act. I prefer to act!
Barbara Beckwith, Columbus,
Breast Cancer Survivor