Outsmarting cancer with research and community education
You might think of hospitals and clinics as the first line of defense against cancer. But did you know independent, community-based cancer groups in our region are also leading the fight?
When community cancer organizations study the number, types, and severity of cancer cases diagnosed in our area and track trends, they can help identify high-risk groups for certain cancers, share research with the local medical facilities and reduce deaths by offering free cancer education to the public.
Nearly a quarter of Americans live in rural areas, which consistently report higher cancer mortality rates than urban and suburban areas.
--Science Daily, Cancer Care in Rural America, Dec. 2010
Geisinger is there
Supporting grassroots efforts to fight cancer in our region
Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC) is a member hospital of The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute (NCRI), a non-profit, community-based agency working to ease the burden of cancer in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Our President and CEO Glenn Steele, MD, PhD, serves as a member of the NCRI Board of Directors.
The Institute’s cancer monitoring program reports on the incidence, distribution, and control of cancer in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Results help create education programs to prevent or reduce death and disability from cancer in our community, including:
- The Cancer Resources Guide: A directory of important cancer information and local, state and national resources, designed for newly diagnosed cancer patients and those who care for them.
- Sun Safety in Northeast PA: Teaching Northeast PA residents healthy ways to enjoy sunny days. Part of GCMC’s Healthy Choices educational lineup.
- Quit Smoking resources
- And much more
The Cancer Institute partner hospital and physician network provides the largest cancer diagnosis and treatment service in Pennsylvania in terms of the number of patients served. Focusing on community and patient services, hospital and practice support services, and cancer surveillance, the Cancer Institute invests 100% of all funding in our region.
Tracking cancer to beat cancer
The Regional Cancer Registry at NCRI is the first collaborative cancer registry in Pennsylvania, recording more than 3,000 new cancer cases each year. This state-of-the-art cancer tracker is a valuable tool to help plan for long-term community healthcare resources, reducing medical costs, maximizing care quality and creating a powerful database of regional cancer data,.
The Community and Patient Services Program at the Cancer Institute offers a wide range of community programs and patient services to raise awareness about cancer prevention/risk reduction, early detection and treatment of cancer.