Education and Support Services
Prevention and Screening Programs
In 2019, the Cancer Committee organized and offered at least
one cancer prevention program designed to reduce the incidence
of a specific cancer type and meet the prevention needs of the
community. As a result, identified lung cancer as the prevention
program focusing on Tobacco Free Florida’s AHEC Smoking
Cessation Program. This program followed the Center for Disease
Control and prevention’s best practices for comprehensive tobacco
n What: Tobacco Free Florida’s AHEC Smoking Cessation
n When: January through November 2019.
n Where: Miami Cancer Institute, Homestead Hospital and South
n Highlights: 314 referrals from Baptist Health South Florida to
AHEC program. 83 out of 194 registered participants attended
the educational programs. 91 Nicotine Replacement Therapy
distributed to 83 participants.
n Post-screening Test: Follow-up process consisted of calls
to participants within three to seven calendar days. Program
effectiveness was measured with 34 percent smoking cessation
rate for Miami-Dade County (statewide average is 30 percent).
In addition, telephone and email surveys captured program
effectiveness and quit rate.
n Next Step: AHEC works with each hospital to provide in-service
up to twice annually. Starting in January 2020, the program will
consist of one-hour tools-to-quit sessions, followed by four-week
Quit Smoking Now course.
According to American Cancer Society, 80 percent of lung cancer
deaths are still caused by smoking. Implementing prevention
programs helps reduce tobacco use and encourages smokers to
quit before becoming a lung cancer statistic.
In addition to the AHEC program, Miami Cancer Institute hosted
an event “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” to raise awareness in
our community about early detection, the importance of research
and the impact on conquering this disease. The community
program was held on Saturday, November 9, 2019, and 58 people
attended. A panel of physician experts in thoracic surgery, radiation
oncology and pulmonology provided insightful lectures on topics
related to lung cancer facts, surgical treatments, vaping, tobacco-use
and radiation oncology treatments. During the event, different
resource tables provided information on nutrition, exercise,
survivorship, patient navigation and included participation from
American Lung Association and AHEC. At the end of program, a
lung cancer survivor entertained the group with a saxophone solo.