Screening, Genetics and Early Detection
We offer many screening and prevention programs. Below are the programs currently available.
Contact Lorna DeLancy at 202-877-3915 for upcoming program dates or to be added to our mailing list.
Community Cancer Awareness Series
These annual cancer awareness programs are designed to promote community awareness of prevention, early detection, screening, as well as diagnostic methods and treatment options for various cancers. Presentations include an overview of specific cancer sites and ways for participants to reduce their risk through symptom recognition, utilization of early detection methods and life-style modifications.
Each year programs are held for these types of cancer:
- Colon Cancer
Held each March during colorectal cancer awareness month, this symposium is an event that educates people about colorectal health and positive lifestyle modifications.
- Melanoma/Skin Cancer Prevention Initiative
May is melanoma awareness month and each May the Washington Cancer Institute coordinates activities that focus on education and screening.
- Ovarian Cancer
Every fall the Washington Cancer Institute coordinates an educational activity to increase awareness of ovarian cancer, risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
- Prostate Cancer
The Prostate Conditions Education Council designates one week each September for prostate cancer awareness. During this week campaigns are launched to encourage prostate cancer awareness and the importance of early detection. The Washington Cancer Institute participates by coordinating a prostate health program focusing on Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), prostate cancer and nutrition, and a free prostate cancer screening for the community.
- Breast Cancer Awareness – Spa Day
This program is a partnership between Washington Cancer Institute and the IS Clinical Skincare. It helps cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments gain more control over the changes caused by cancer treatment. It assists women with regaining their appearance and positive self-image. It is held each October for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Women receive spa treatments as well as health education, on breast cancer, its treatment, skincare, nutrition, exercise and lymphedema.
- Lung Cancer
Washington Cancer Institute coordinates an educational activity in conjunction with the American Cancer Society during the Great American Smokeout each November.
- Edgewood Management Corporation - This partnership is an outreach initiative geared to increase the D.C. community’s knowledge of breast health. The program is funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure and it provides free breast health education materials and other risk reduction measures.