Published in Cancer Detection and Prevention 1993; 17(1).

Cancer prevention - role of primary care providers

John Horton, MD ChB, Professor of Medicine

P. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and Univ of South Florida. Tampa, FL USA

Primary care providers are critical to the success of cancer prevention programs. Although they have the large-at and most direct access to the populations at risk, maximal impact will not result until all providers can and will implement risk reduction methodology that is based on knowledge of general cancer prevention as well as on factors pertinent to their specific practice location or type. Training and experience is required in patient and public education methodology, on methods to organize their own medical practice to foster prevention activities, and on methods to network with teams working with non medical populations such as schools, Such education and training is most effective when given or required by the practitioner's parent professional organizations. Tangible Incentives are necessary for individuals practitioners to achieve and maintain a high level of effective cancer prevention activity.

Paper presented at the International Symposium on Cofactor Interactions and Cancer Prevention; Nice, France; March 17-19, 1993; in the section on Intervention Strategies.