Preventing Cancer Through Healthy Living

Research confirms that good nutrition and physical activity, along with avoiding tobacco and occupational carcinogens, are important factors in the prevention of cancer.  As the lead agency for the Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health, Shore Medical Center provides a comprehensive outreach and chronic disease prevention program for residents of Atlantic and Cape May County.

The Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health is grant funded by the New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Cancer Control and Prevention.  The purpose of the Cape Atlantic Coalition Health is to direct behavioral change through policy, system and environmental changes.  These changes are meant to increase healthy behaviors and decrease unhealthy behaviors such as smoking and poor eating.  The coalition is comprised of numerous healthcare professionals, organizations and concerned citizens devoted to preventing disease and promoting health.  All members are volunteers and new members are always welcome.  Call 609-653-3923 for more information or to become involved. 

Below are a few of the projects the Cape Atlantic Coalition of Health is working on:

  • HPV vaccination education and policy changes focusing on preventing cervical, anal and oral cancers.
  • School wellness projects to help schools get moving and promote healthy lifestyles.
  • Smoke-Free Outdoor Air Initiatives directed to protect the public against secondhand smoke.
  • Free annual skin cancer screenings which detect cancers right on the beach and create skin cancer awareness.
  • Free oral cancer screenings which are similar to the skin cancer screenings only for mouth cancers. 

For more information about the Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health visit us on the web, Facebook or Pinterest.