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.
One of the issues critical to improving outcomes for people with ovarian 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.
State of Lung Cancer Report
Lung cancer impacts the lives of families across the nation. Learn more about how states can address the #1 cancer killer in the newly released State Of Lung Cancer report by the American Lung Association:
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
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.