The Cancer Prevention Program at NewYork-Presbyterian provides cancer screening and early detection services at both of our world premier Cancer Centers.


Our Mission

The mission of the NewYork-Presbyterian Cancer Prevention Program is to promote the understanding of cancer prevention and early detection of cancer through a multidisciplinary approach. The program provides education to the public on cancer screening and treatment which supports improvement of quality of care and quality of life.


Throughout the year, the Cancer Prevention Program offers free screenings and events related to cancer awareness. Learn more.


About Our Program

Prevention and early detection are some of our most potent weapons in fighting cancer. The declining cancer death rates in the United States reported by the American Cancer Society can be attributed in part to the routine cancer screenings that have become part of millions of Americans' health regimens.

Alfred I. Neugut, MD, PhD, Co-Director of the Cancer Prevention Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital puts it this way: "Screening for the early detection of precancer and cancer can save lives. For example, colonoscopy can be used to both identify and remove premalignant colorectal polyps and thereby reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer. Routine healthcare should incorporate screening."

Combining the expertise of two premier academic medical institutions, the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the Weill Cornell Medicine Meyer Cancer Center in Partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian offer an important range of prevention and screening services to reduce your chance of developing cancer.

"The earliest cancer screening test in widespread use, the Pap smear, was developed at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and has saved countless lives," says Andrew J. Dannenberg, Co-Director of the Cancer Prevention Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Research shows that the risk of developing many types of cancer can be significantly reduced through diet and lifestyle changes. For some cancers, such as cervical and colorectal cancers, routine screening can result in both the prevention and early detection of cancer. These and other cancers can be successfully treated if they are detected early.