Prevention & Early Detection

For both youth and adults, there are a number of factors that can contribute to an increased risk of developing cancer. Although cancer risk generally increases with age, health behaviors and lifestyle choices such as tobacco and alcohol use, excess body weight, poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive unprotected exposure to ultraviolet light are all known to increase an individual’s risk of being diagnosed with cancer. Environmental factors, such as exposure to elevated levels of radon in indoor air, can also contribute to the risk of developing certain types of cancer.

For many cancers, the early detection of cancer through routine screening can help diagnose cancer early, when treatment is more likely to be successful. For some cancers, early detection can even prevent cancer from developing. “Early detection” means finding cancer or pre-cancerous changes in individuals before it can grow and spread into late-stage disease. A person may or may not have symptoms indicative of the disease in these early stages, which is why recommended screening tests are so important. Early detection saves healthcare treatment dollars and, more importantly, lives.

(Please note: Prevention and Early Detection were previously two separate workgroups.  Due to the frequent overlap of these two topic areas, we have combined the workgroups.)

Maine Cancer Foundation’s Prevention & Early Detection Workgroup meets 6-8 times per year by phone and in person to discuss cancer prevention and early detection topics and programming in Maine. Our workgroup members offer expertise as well as current knowledge about cancer prevention and screening efforts in the field. We invite participation from:

  • Public health professionals
  • Professionals focused on screening efforts
  • Patient navigators
  • Healthcare providers
  • Advocates 
  • Cancer Survivors
  • Maine residents committed to reducing the burden of cancer in our State

If you have questions about the Prevention & Early Detection Workgroup, please contact Aysha Sheikh at aysha@mainecancer.org, Sarah Mayberry at SAM@portlandmaine.gov, or Caroline Zimmerman at czimmerman@mepca.org.