Primary Prevention Goal
Susanne Tanski, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Kate McNally, Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco-Free Communities
There are many ways to reduce your risk of developing cancer. Primary Prevention focuses on changing behaviors, health systems, and policies to reduce the risk of developing cancer. The Primary Prevention work group focuses its efforts on three areas:
Tobacco use- reduce and eliminate the use of and exposure to tobacco.
- prevent children from starting to use tobacco
- promote quitting among adults and youth
- eliminate nonsmokers' exposure to secondhand smoke
- identify and eliminate tobacco-related disparities among races
Obesity, nutrition, and physical activity- maintain a healthy weight. Healthy weight is related to nutrition and physical activity.
- reduce the number of obese and overweight New Hampshire residents
- increase the intake of healthy foods and drink
- increase the amount of physical activity New Hampshire residents participate in
Sun safety- reduce and eliminate exposure to sources of cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation, such as sunlight, sunlamps, and indoor tanning facilities.
- educate youth and adults about the dangers of tanning
- engage community agencies in promoting sun-safety activities
News and Events
Division of Public Health Recognizes "Don't Fry Day", NH DHHS Press Release, 5/24/13
NH Senate Rejects Tobacco Tax Hike, Seacoastonline, 5/23/13
2nd Annual Race for the Cure Set for May 11, Boston.com, 5/5/13
A healthy choice for NH Senate, Fosters.com Editorial, 4/13/13
Cigarette tax increase seen as a deterrent to youth smoking, Union Leader, 4/9/13
NH CCC annual conference presentations available: Navigating Turbulent Waters: Reducing the Burden of Cancer in Individuals and Communities was held March 20, 2013.
Monthly Checkup: Colon Cancer Awareness Month, WMUR, 3/21/13
UPDATED: House approves tobacco settlement, to net about $17 million, Union Leader, 3/20/13
NH Kids Will 'Kick Butts' on Wednesday, March 20, Wall Street Journal, 3/15/13