Nearly four out of every 10 people will develop cancer at
some point in their lives. This year alone, an estimated 16,130 new cancer
cases will be diagnosed in Arkansas (American Cancer Society). Our Cancer
Prevention Education Program aims to lessen the overall burden of cancer in our
Our staff, including a Certified Health Education
Specialist (CHES), provides free cancer prevention education to employers,
schools, churches, businesses and civic organizations in Northwest Arkansas.
Prevention education includes sun safety and skin cancer, the dangers of
tobacco use and evolving tobacco trends, and informational seminars on the
basics of cancer and healthy lifestyle behaviors to lower cancer risk. The
program is also provided to increase awareness of high-risk behaviors, early
warning signs and symptoms of cancer, and cancer prevention methods.
“Prevention education leads to lifelong positive health
outcomes and continues to be the greatest priority in public health,” said
Abbie Luzius, MS, CHES, CTTS, Hope Cancer Resources Manager of Prevention &
So far this year, our Cancer Education & Prevention
Team has conducted 71 presentations to more than 3,300 people. We are expecting
to surpass those numbers in 2019.
For more information or to set up a cancer prevention
education presentation, please contact Abbie at 479-361-5847.