Prevention

The Partnership strives to decrease the incidence of cancer in Rhode Island and reduce associated risk factors by implementing primary prevention strategies. 


In 2019, we partnered with Raw Elements, South County Dermatology, and the State of Rhode Island to launch complimentary certified natural, environmentally-safe sunscreen dispensers at all state beaches and parks across the state. These dispensers provide sunscreen to protect residents, tourists, and employees from harmful UV rays that can lead to skin cancer. These are the first statewide sunscreen stations implemented in the nation and we hope to influence other states to adopt these practices. 

Genetics

One of the issues critical to improving outcomes for people with cancer is early detection and screening. Currently, genetic testing is a reimbursable service but genetic counseling, a key component of the early detection screening process, is not unless a physician is present. The Partnership is pleased to support legislation drafted by Paul A. DiSilvestro, MD, Director of the Program in Women’s Oncology and Women & Infants Hospital which would establish a licensure program for genetic counselors. This would increase access to this service by allowing genetic counselors to work independently and receive reimbursement without a physician present. 

Articles

September 28, 2020

Should Cancer Patients Get the Flu Shot During COVID-19?

Medically Reviewed By: Candace Hsieh, RN, CIC, infection preventionist at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center

Most cancer patients, and their caregivers and family members, should receive a yearly flu shot. With COVID-19, there is some question as to whether cancer patients should get the flu shot this year. Read at Dana-Farber.

September 22, 2020​

Brown establishes new Cancer Center dedicated to research, clinical developments

By the Office of Biomedical Communications

Brown University has established a brand new Cancer Center which will focus on understanding how cancer develops, grows and metastasizes, and developing new therapeutics for patients in a personalized way that addresses needs ranging from risk through survivorship. Read at Brown.

February 4, 2020​

World Cancer Day Survey Examines Gaps in Cancer Knowledge

By: Brielle Benyon

Released on World Cancer Day, this article outlines the results of a global survey orchestrated by the Union for International Cancer Control on disparities in risk awareness and health-promoting behaviors between socioeconomic groups. Read at CURE.

Janurary 29, 2020​

Medicare to Cover Gene Tests in Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer

By: Kerry Dooley Young

This article covers The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated rules on coverage for genetic diagnostic testing. This is important for individuals with inherited ovarian and breast cancer. Read at Medscape.

October 12, 2019​

Study Finds Nicotine Vapes Linked to Lung Cancer

The study found that some mice exposed to vape smoke containing nicotine developed cancer.

By: Rob Banino

The study discussed in this article found that e-cigarette smoke lead to lung cancer in mice subjects. This is new research into the effects of e-cigarette smoking and the potential link to lung cancer in humans. Read at Science Focus.

August 14, 2019

Scientists Identify Genes Tied to Increased Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Medically reviewed by: Alexander Gusev, PhD

Dana-Farber released this story on the identification of 34 genes associated with an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. This discovery is important to determining women at high risk and developing new therapies. Read at Dana Farber.

August 7, 2019

What is the JUUL?

Medically reviewed by: Andy Tan, MPH, PhD

In this article, the newest trend in smoking - the JUUL - is explained. This e-cigarette does not contain tar, which is made of many carcinogens, but it still contains the addictive nicotine component. E-cigarettes have been marketed as a tool to help people quit smoking, but there are safer techniques that may still be beneficial. Read at Dana Farber.

August 5, 2019

Melanoma: What It Is, How to Spot It, and Treatment Options

Medically reviewed by F. Stephen Hodi, MD

This article describes the skin cancer called melanoma and provides tips on how to spot it on oneself. It also highlights current treatment options and emerging research. Read at Dana Farber.

Resources

American Lung Association - State of Lung Cancer Report