Prevention & Early Detection


Prevention and early detection can have the greatest effect on reducing the burden of cancer. More than 40% of newly diagnosed cancers in the United States are potentially avoidable. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in New Jersey and the U.S.  One in two men and one in three women will develop cancer during their lifetimes. Nobody is immune from getting cancer and multiple factors both inside and outside the body can contribute to the development of cancer. However, many cancers are preventable by reducing risk factors or getting appropriate vaccinations. Screening is effective in identifying some types of cancers in early, often highly treatable stages.  Some risk factors for cancer can be avoided or controlled. For example, people can choose to avoid smoking, modify their diet, and increase their exercise. Other risk factors, such as a person’s age, race, family history of cancer, and genetics are not possible to modify.

The risk of developing some of the most common cancers – like colorectal, breast, cervical, lung, and prostate can be greatly reduced by detecting them early and adopting healthy habits. These same healthy habits can help survivors or those going through treatment to achieve optimal outcomes.

Prevention & Early Detection Programs

The Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center delivers cancer prevention education and early detection services through two distinct and synergistic entities charged to address the State’s cancer burden and work toward improving health outcomes for community members. These include:

  • the NJ Cancer Education & Early Detection (NJCEED) program to provide access to life-saving early detection services; and
  • the Hunterdon-Mercer Chronic Disease Coalition to promote cancer prevention and support the needs of the growing cancer survivor population. These efforts span a broad spectrum of initiatives ranging from individual needs assessments to large group presentations and workshops.

Please visit NJ Cancer Education & Early Detection (NJCEED) for more information on the program, eligibility, and screening guidelines.

Please visit Hunterdon-Mercer Chronic Disease Coalition for more information on their initiatives, education, and survivorship programs.

Family Medicine (Primary Care)

Your family medicine physician is specifically trained to be your first point of entry into the healthcare system and will be your advocate in coordinating your ongoing health care. You and your family medicine physician will work — as a team — to meet your medical, physical, and emotional healthcare needs.

Your family medicine physician provides comprehensive health care, routinely monitors your overall health, and partners with you to make healthcare decisions. If changes to your medical condition indicate a cancer diagnosis or that you require the care of a specialist, your physician will make recommendations and coordinate your care. We encourage you to communicate regularly with your family medicine physician.

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Additional Resources

Cancer Prevention Education: As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of the community, our expert clinicians are available to speak to your group, business, school, synagogue, church or organization on a variety of cancer-related topics. This free service is designed to educate the community on early detection, prevention research studies, and cancer screening programs. Educational programs also detail how individuals can make lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of developing cancer and can practice screening techniques and prevention. To arrange for a speaker to come to your meeting or event, please call  (908) 237-6028.

Skin Cancer Screening: Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center offers annual skin cancer screenings and educational sessions. The program, usually held in May, offers screenings by a dermatologist who performs a skin exam to check individuals for early signs of skin cancer or suspicious moles. Anyone not under the care of a dermatologist and those who have never been examined for skin cancer are encouraged to attend. Educational sessions are offered to explain the risks of developing skin cancer and to give advice on prevention.

Prevention & Early Detection Saves Lives

Together, these efforts are a collective of expertise and community organizations to deliver prevention education, screening, and early detection services that contribute to a healthy and equitable community.