CDC's multiyear Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign informs men and women aged 50 years or older about the importance of having regular colorectal cancer screening tests. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they have a chance to turn into cancer, thus preventing the disease. However, about one-third of adults aged 50 or older (about 22 million people)—the age group at greatest risk of developing colorectal cancer—have not been screened appropriately. Click here to learn more.
Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
Comprehensive cancer control, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is “a collaborative process through which a community pools resources to reduce the burden of cancer that results in risk reduction, early detection, better treatment, and enhanced survivorship.”
How is Comprehensive Cancer Control Accomplished?
Comprehensive cancer control relies on active involvement by concerned citizens and key stakeholders and provides a framework for assessing and addressing the cancer burden through:
- Enhancing infrastructure and resources for planning and implementation
- Mobilizing statewide support
- Using data and research to assess the cancer burden
- Developing broad partnerships of public and private stakeholders
- Developing a plan to address the cancer burden
- Evaluating outcomes and the collaborative process
The Indiana Cancer Consortium is the vehicle for collaborative comprehensive cancer control planning and implementation efforts in this state.
Cancer control efforts in Indiana are led by the Indiana Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, along with the Indiana Cancer Consortium. The Indiana Cancer Consortium is a statewide network of public and private partnerships whose mission is to reduce the cancer burden in Indiana through the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive plan that addresses cancer across the continuum from prevention through palliation. Visit the Indiana Cancer Consortium’s Web site at http://www.indianacancer.org/.