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Cancer Prevention & Control Programs

ss45041.jpgIn 1980, the Pennsylvania Cancer Control Prevention and Research Act (Act 224) established an 11-member Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board (CAB) that meets quarterly and advises the Secretary of Health on cancer control and prevention-related issues. The law also requires the Pennsylvania Department of Health (Department) to develop a state cancer plan. The first Commonwealth Cancer Plan was issued in 1983; the plan called for establishment of a cancer registry, reduction of tobacco use, promotion of early detection for breast and cervical cancer and support of epidemiological and demographic studies. From 1983 to today, the CAB has convened to set direction for cancer control through review and recommendation for additional cancer plans, cancer control initiatives, annual budgets, unsolicited cancer proposals and evaluate new cancer programs.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health works with national, state and community partners to improve the health of all Pennsylvanians. In 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a challenge to eliminate suffering and death due to cancer by the year 2015. The Department initiated an unprecedented partnership to develop the first-ever Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan for the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Cancer Control Consortium, an organization comprised of representatives from state government, universities, cancer centers, hospitals, health coalitions and community organizations was formed by the Department to provide leadership and foster collaboration in Pennsylvania.