Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer (VTAAC) offers the power of collaboration to what otherwise might be a lonely fight.

Created in 2005, VTAAC is responsible for putting the Vermont Cancer Plan into action by preventing overlap and directing resources to where they matter most in our state. Our activities are focused on reaching our ultimate goal: reducing the burden of cancer for all Vermonters.

VTAAC is a growing network of groups and individuals that speaks with one voice about reducing cancer risk, detecting cancers earlier, creating better access to quality cancer treatment, and improving the quality of life for cancer survivors.

We hope our site will be a resource for those seeking more information on cancer-related activities throughout the state.

For more information on VTAAC, Heidi Considine, VTAAC Coordinator at Heidi.Considine@cancer.org, or call 802-872-6303.

Every Vermonter Can Take Action Against Cancer!

 •Avoid all tobacco products and second-hand smoke.
•Support smoke-free environments.
•Eat a nutritious and balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight.
•Increase your daily physical activity.
• Reduce exposure to the sun and avoid indoor tanning.
•Have your home checked for radon gas.
•Talk to your health care provider about appropriate cancer screenings.

April Cancer Awareness

April is Oral Cavity and Oropharynx Cancer Awareness

The oral cavity (OC) and oropharynx (OP) are separate, nonoverlapping anatomic regions. These areas help you breathe, talk, eat, chew, and swallow. Minor salivary glands throughout the oral cavity and oropharynx make saliva that keeps your mouth moist and helps you digest food. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the most common malignancy and accounts for 90% of cancers of the head and neck.These cancers account for 2.9% of all cancers diagnosed in the U.S. and 1.6% of all cancer deaths. The major risk factors are tobacco use, alcohol consumption, interaction between heavy use of tobacco and alcohol together, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, UV light, ill fitting dentures, diet, and chewing betel quid (“paan,” often practiced in Asian, migrant Asian, and other communities).