Cancer Control Plan
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Georgia and has been for some time now. In 2016, around 50,000 Georgians were diagnosed with cancer and during the same year about 17,000 people died of cancer.
The Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Cancer Control Consortium envision a future Georgia that is free from cancer deaths and cancer-related health disparities. Accordingly, multi-faceted and layered approaches to cancer prevention and control are needed.
Georgia’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan offers a strategic vision to reduce the cancer burden in our state. This revision of the state plan is guided by a commitment to enhance cancer control in Georgia by achieving significant progress in the following specific areas over the next five years:
- Equity – addressing the root cause of disparities and the factors that prevent some populations from attaining their best health;]
- Translational Research – a commitment to continuous learning through Georgia-based research studies that are conducted, translated and disseminated across the cancer control continuum;
- Communications – appropriate messaging and broader engagement and inclusion of Georgians, including survivors, to increase awareness, knowledge, and understanding about cancer control;
- Advocacy – being in action to ensure supportive policy and funding to address cancer control at the level of organizations, institutions, and agencies; and
- Surveillance – having excellent, high-quality data and information to inform planning and assess progress over time.
Based on an assessment of progress over the past five years, Georgia will move toward saving lives, reducing burden, and reducing disparities in cancer outcomes by careful attention to five priorities:
- Supporting cancer prevention efforts with a focus on HPV prevention
- Detecting cancers early and screening appropriately for target cancers
- Facilitating statewide access to palliative care and support
- Improving quality of life for cancer survivors
- Maintaining excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers
Statewide leadership, including the government, business, academic, and non-profit sectors, is essential to cancer prevention and control. The Georgia Department of Public Health, through and with the Georgia Cancer Control Consortium and its membership, will implement this plan and provide the statewide leadership necessary to bring together communities and resources for cancer prevention and control in Georgia.
To view Georgia’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan for 2019-2024, click here.
Last Updated: 5/05/2022 2:39:28 PM