February Marks National Cancer Prevention Month

February 02, 2010

WHO:             Moffitt Cancer Center, the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center based in Florida, offers these experts:

Ovarian Cancer Prevention: Thomas Sellers, Ph.D., M.P.H., director of the Moffitt Research Institute, and executive vice president and associate center director of Cancer Prevention & Control

Breast: Kathleen Egan, Sc.D.

HPV and Cervical Cancer: Anna Giuliano, Ph.D.

Nicotine and the Brain: Thomas Brandon, Ph.D.

Melanoma: Vernon Sondak, M.D.

Colon Cancer: Erin Siegel, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Green Tea and Prostate Cancer: Nagi Kumar, Ph.D., R.D., FADA

WHAT:           Moffitt physicians are available to discuss strategies on how to prevent cancer.


In 2009, an estimated 11,270 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 4,070 died of the disease. One in 145 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer during their lifetime. Women can reduce their risk of developing cervical cancer with Pap and HPV tests. The HPV vaccine can prevent 90 percent of cervical cancers, Sellers says.

In 2009, an estimated 219,440 adults (116,090 men and 103,350 women) were diagnosed with lung cancer, and 159,390 died of the disease. One in 14 adults will be diagnosed with lung cancer during their lifetime. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer and the most common cause of cancer-related death in men and women in the United States. Eliminating tobacco can eliminate 30 percent of cancer deaths, Sellers says.

In 2009, an estimated 68,720 adults (39,080 men and 29,640 women) were diagnosed with melanoma, and 8,650 died of the disease. One in 53 men and women will be diagnosed with melanoma during their lifetime.

In 2009, an estimated 192,280 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 27,360 died of the disease. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer, excluding skin cancer, and the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in men.

Sellers says a lack of physical activity and being overweight account for 15 to 20 percent of all cancers. Here are some tips on preventing cancer in general:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables, and choose whole grains over processed.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption.
  • Stay active for 30 minutes at least five days a week.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Use sunscreen, especially in Florida.
  • Establish a regular relationship with your primary care physician.
  • Keep up with recommended screenings (Pap tests, colonoscopies, etc.).


  • Lifetime Cancer Screening
  • Cancer Screening Guidelines
  • Cancer Risk and Genetics
  • Prevention Research Studies
  • Prevention of Cervical Cancer
  • Prevention of Lung Cancer
  • Tobacco Research
  • Prevention of Skin Cancer
  • Prevention of Prostate Cancer

About Moffitt Cancer Center

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.