Cancer and Our Community

We are dedicated to serving the cancer-related needs of Vermont and New Hampshire. We do this through:

  • Compassionate patient care
  • Cutting-edge research
  • Outstanding education and training, and
  • Reducing the burden of cancer in our catchment area

Our Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) team leads efforts to:

  • Work with community partners to understand how cancer affects our population
  • Support research to address community cancer issues and disparities
  • Address cancer issues through outreach efforts

About our community

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New Hampshire and Vermont are greatly impacted by cancer. Compared with the United States, we have:

  • Higher rates of new cancer diagnoses
  • Higher rates of cancer deaths.1

Certain cancers are especially common in our community compared with the United States, including breast cancer, lung cancer, melanoma, and several other cancers.1

Based on this and other information, in 2021, our Community Advisory Board and other advisors chose four cancers as priority areas for Dartmouth Cancer Center:

  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Melanoma

Learn about how we address these cancers through our research and outreach work in the community.

Contact us

To contact the COE team, please email To reach specific team members, please visit our team member page.


  1. Rees, J. R., Weiss, J. E., Gunn, C. M., Carlos, H. A., Dragnev, N. C., Supattapone, E. Y., ... & Peacock, J. L. (2023). Cancer Epidemiology in the Northeastern United States (2013–2017). Cancer Research Communications, 3(8), 1538-1550.