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Cancer Planning - 2013-2018 Pennsylvania Cancer Control Plan

The 2013-2018 Pennsylvania Cancer Control Plan contains recommendations on how to protect the health of the population and reduce the incidence (occurrence) and mortality (death) of cancer in Pennsylvania. The Plan highlights how cancer can be reduced through preventive measures such as increasing awareness and access to existing services and promoting evidence-based screening for cancers such as breast, cervical, colorectal and lung.

Developed by the Stakeholder Leadership Team coalition of cancer stakeholders and approved by the Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board, the Plan recommends public health interventions where these resources can make the greatest impact.

1. Plan Structure

The Plan is structured around the necessity for Sustainability and the four Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Domains identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide Pennsylvanians with equitable opportunities to take charge of their health. According to CDC, it is increasingly recognized that individual health depends on societal health and healthy communities. In addition to having strong medical care systems, healthy communities must promote and protect health across the lifespan and across a variety of sectors and through a range of policies, systems and environmental supports that gives individuals even greater opportunity to take charge of their health.

2. Policy System and Environmental Approaches

The Plan identifies how public, private and community partners can work together to combat cancer in Pennsylvania. Policy, Systems and Environmental (PSE) approaches are encouraged as these approaches target the health of an entire community or organization by promoting healthy lifestyles, recommending policies, and encouraging collaborative approaches. Sustainability is highlighted as agencies and communities can no longer rely solely on state and federal government funding to develop and sustain public health efforts. The Plan encourages partners to come together in promoting promising cancer practices from prevention to end-of-life care.

3. Reporting Plan Activities

The goal is to track cancer control activities being implemented across Pennsylvania so this information can be shared in a repository of promising practices. LiveHealthyPA.com enables you to promote your innovations and capture how the Plan is being implemented.
 
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